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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: George Catlin: Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat
Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat


Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat
1832
George Catlin
oil on canvas
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
1985.66.159

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This plump six-year-old was directly in line to become chief of the Blackfoot. Twice kidnapped by Crow, he lived at Fort Union under the protection of its chief trader Kenneth Mackenzie, who planned to keep him until “he shall arrive at the proper age to take up the office which he is to succeed.”


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