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George Catlin
Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug that Creeps, Wife of The Light, 1832
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

“A fine looking squaw, in a handsome dress of the mountain-sheep skin, holding in her hand a stick curiously carved, with which every woman in this country is supplied; for the purpose of digging up the … prairie turnip” (Letters and Notes, vol. 1, p. 56, pl. 29).

Painted at Fort Union in 1832. The subject appears again, full length, in cartoon 75, with her husband.

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