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George Catlin
Hee-doh'ge-ats, a Young Man, 1837–39
Chinook
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.


Described by Catlin as a “Chinook boy, of fifteen or eighteen years of age” whose head had never been flattened (Letters and Notes, vol. 2, p. 110, pl. 209).

See number 147 for explanation of the date. The feather headdress has been omitted and the subject is wrapped in a blanket in both the Gilcrease portrait and plate 209 of Letters and Notes. He wears a Plains Indian shirt in the Smithsonian original, which Catlin may have later recognized as an inconsistency.

The subject appears full length in cartoon 92, again wrapped in a blanket. His true identity is probably anyone's guess, although a Chinook boy of similar appearance is illustrated in McKenney and Hall (vol. 2, p. 276). This boy (or young man), whose name was Stumanu, toured Atlantic Coast cities in 1838 and 1839 to help raise funds for an Oregon mission.



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