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Meach-o-shín-gaw, Little White Bear, a Distinguished Brave

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.25 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing

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“Meach-o-shin-gaw (the little white bear), Chesh-oo-hong-ha (the man of good sense), and Wa-hon-ga-shee (no fool), are portraits of distinguished Konzas [Kansas/Kaw], and all furnish striking instances of the bold and Roman outline.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - accessory - jewelry

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Kansas

Object - weapon - dagger

Portrait male - Little White Bear - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added