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George Catlin
Seehk-hée-da, Mouse-colored feather, a Noted Brave
1832
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.



Mouse-colored Feather wears a silver gorget and bracelets; both items would have been obtained in trade. Two strands of hair pipes and beads hang from his hair, and he holds a beautiful pipe decorated with dyed porcupine quills. Catlin painted the warrior, whose hair was "quite yellow," at the Mandan village on the Upper Missouri, in present day North Dakota. The artist described Mandan braves as both "wild and gentlemanly."