Hee-oh’ks-te-kin, Rabbit’s Skin Leggings

Media - 1985.66.145 - SAAM-1985.66.145_1 - 8514
Copied George Catlin, Hee-oh'ks-te-kin, Rabbit's Skin Leggings, 1832, oil on canvas, 2924 in. (73.760.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.145
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Artwork Details

Hee-oh’ks-te-kin, Rabbit’s Skin Leggings
Not on view
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Dress — Indian dress
  • Indian — Nez Percé
  • Portrait male — Rabbit’s Skin Leggings — bust
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Artwork Description

George Catlin probably painted this portrait of Hee-oh’ks-te-kin in St. Louis, or aboard the steamboat Yellowstone, in 1832. The dignified bearing of the young men and the attention to detail in the elaborately beaded tunics and beaded and feathered hair reflect Catlin’s regard for his subjects. Native Americans, he wrote, were “the finest models in all Nature, unmasked and moving in all their grace and beauty.” Catlin's faithful effort to document the life of these peoples in the early nineteenth century captures those impressive cultures as they were before their world was shattered. (Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)