Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way

Media - 1985.66.197 - SAAM-1985.66.197_1 - 81487
Copied George Catlin, Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way, 1835-1836, oil on canvas, 2924 in. (73.760.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.197
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Artwork Details

Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Portrait female — Chee Ah Ka Tchee
  • Indian — Iroquois
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Artwork Description

“I-RO-QUOIS. One of the most numerous and powerful tribes that ever existed in the Northern regions of our country, and now one of the most completely annihilated. This tribe occupied a vast tract of country on the River St. Lawrence, between its banks and Lake Champlain; and at times, by conquest, actually over-run the whole country, from that to the shores of Lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan. But by their continual wars with the French, English, and Indians, and dissipation and disease, they have been almost entirely annihilated. The few remnants of them have long since merged into other tribes, and been mostly lost sight of.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)