Eeh-tow-wées-ka-zeet, He Who Has Eyes Behind Him (also known as Broken Arm), a Foremost Brave

  • George Catlin, Eeh-tow-wées-ka-zeet, He Who Has Eyes Behind Him (also known as Broken Arm), a Foremost Brave, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.176

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George Catlin may have painted Broken Arm, a member of the Plains Cree tribe, in St. Louis, at the same time the Light passed through the city on his way to Washington (see 1985.66.474). Broken Arm wears over his temples a pair of “hair pipes,” Bahamian conch shell ornaments distributed in the 1830s by white traders on the Upper Missouri. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Eeh-tow-wées-ka-zeet, He Who Has Eyes Behind Him (also known as Broken Arm), a Foremost Brave
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 – He Who Has Eyes Behind Him
  • Ethnic – Indian – Cree
  • Ethnic – Indian
Object Number
1985.66.176
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