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Mee-chéet-e-neuh, Wounded Bear's Shoulder, Wife of the Chief

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. (53.5 x 41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.219 Not currently on view

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George Catlin probably painted this woman in Washington, D.C. in1831, when Menominee chief Grizzly Bear, his wife Wounded Bear’s Shoulder, and thirteen members of his tribe visited the capital to negotiate the sale of a portion of their tribal lands. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed , 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Menominee

Portrait female - Wounded Bear's Shoulder


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added