Hee-doh'ge-ats, a Young Man

  • George Catlin, Hee-doh'ge-ats, a Young Man, 1837-1839, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.148

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George Catlin described this youth as a “Chinook boy, of fifteen or eighteen years of age” whose head had never been flattened. The young man’s true identity has been the subject of some speculation. A similar image of a Chinook boy appears in McKenney and Hall’s three-volume study, The Indian Tribes of North America (1933). That boy (or young man), whose name was Stumanu, toured Atlantic Coast cities in 1838 and 1839. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 48, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Hee-doh'ge-ats, a Young Man
Artist
Date
1837-1839
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 – Hee Doh'ge Ats
  • Ethnic – Indian – Chinook
Object Number
1985.66.148
Palette
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