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Pa-hú-sha, White Hair, the Younger, a Band Chief

1834 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. 1985.66.43 Not currently on view


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“The White Hair is another distinguished leader of the Osages; and some have awarded to him the title of Head Chief; but in the jealous feelings of rivalry which have long agitated this tribe, and some times, even endangered its peace, I believe it has been generally agreed that his claims are third in the tribe; though he justly claims the title of a chief, and a very gallant and excellent man. The portrait of this man, I regret to say, I did not get.” George Catlin probably painted this image at Fort Gibson (in present-day Oklahoma) in 1834. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Keywords

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Osage

Object - weapon - spear

Portrait male - White Hair - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added