Eh-toh'k-pah-she-pée-shah, Black Moccasin, aged Chief

  • George Catlin, Eh-toh'k-pah-she-pée-shah, Black Moccasin, aged Chief, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.171

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“The chief sachem of this tribe [Hidatsa/Minitari] is a very ancient and patriarchal looking man . . . and counts, undoubtedly, more than a hundred snows. I have been for some days an inmate of his hospitable lodge, where he sits tottering with age, and silently reigns sole monarch of his little community around him, who are continually dropping in to cheer his sinking energies, and render him their homage. His voice and his sight are nearly gone; but the gestures of his hands are yet energetic and youthful, and freely speak the language of his kind heart . . . I have . . .

Title
Eh-toh'k-pah-she-pée-shah, Black Moccasin, aged Chief
Artists
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.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
  • Portrait male – Black Moccasin – elderly
  • Ethnic – Indian – Hidatsa
  • Portrait male – Black Moccasin – full length
Object Number
1985.66.171
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