Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way

  • George Catlin, Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way, 1835-1836, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.197

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“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)

Title
Chée-ah-ká-tchée, Wife of Nót-to-way
Artist
Date
1835-1836
Location
Dimensions
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Chee Ah Ka Tchee
  • Ethnic – Indian – Iroquois
Object Number
1985.66.197
Palette
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