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George Catlin
Tow-ée-ka-wet, a Cree woman
1832
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.



To his credit, Catlin painted many portraits of women and children, not just chiefs and warriors. He executed this portrait of a Plains Cree woman at Fort Union, 2000 miles up the Missouri River from St. Louis, at the mouth of the Yellowstone River. She had come from north of the border in present day Canada with members of her tribe to trade with the American Fur Trading Company.