E'e-a-chín-che-a, Red Thunder, Son of Black Moccasin

  • George Catlin, E'e-a-chín-che-a, Red Thunder, Son of Black Moccasin, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.172

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“The son of [Hidatsa chief] Black Moccasin . . . who is reputed one of the most desperate warriors of his tribe, I have also painted at full length, in his war-dress, with his bow in his hand, his quiver slung, and his shield upon his arm. In this plight, [without] headdress, [without] robe, and [without] everything that might be an useless incumbrance---with the body chiefly naked, and profusely bedaubed with red and black paint, so as to form an almost perfect disguise, the Indian warriors invariably sally forth to war.” George Catlin painted Red Thunder at a Hidatsa village in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 23, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
E'e-a-chín-che-a, Red Thunder, Son of Black Moccasin
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Not on view.
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 male – Red Thunder – full length
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
  • Dress – accessory – shield
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Ethnic – Indian – Hidatsa
Object Number
1985.66.172
Palette
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