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Painting: George Catlin: Ah'-kay-ee-pix-en, Woman Who Strikes Many
Ah'-kay-ee-pix-en, Woman Who Strikes Many


Ah'-kay-ee-pix-en, Woman Who Strikes Many
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.
1985.66.155

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George Catlin painted Woman Who Strikes Many, a member of the Blackfoot/Siksika tribe, in 1832 at Fort Union, two thousand miles northwest of St. Louis, in the heart of Blackfoot and Crow country. He later wrote that she wore “a beautiful dress of the mountain-goats’ skin, and her robe of the young buffalo’s hide.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 5, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

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