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Ko-mán-i-kin-o-haw, Little Whale, a Brave

1831 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 21 1/8 x 16 1/2 in. (53.6 x 42.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.221 Not currently on view

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Late in the autumn of 1830, George Catlin visited Washington, D.C., where he painted members of a delegation of Menominees from Michigan Territory. He described Little Whale as “a brave with his medicine-wand, his looking-glass, and scissors.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Menominee

Portrait male - Little Whale


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added