Pshán-shaw, Sweet-scented Grass, Twelve-year-old Daughter of Bloody Hand, 1832
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Catlin painted fewer women than men, a fact explained by their relatively subsidiary place in Indian society. As the young daughter of an Arikara chief, however, Sweet-scented Grass possessed status in the tribe and the means to dress in "a robe of the young buffalo's skin, tastefully and elaborately embroidered" in northern Plains style.