Jee-hé-o-hó-shah, Cannot Be Thrown Down, a Warrior

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Copied George Catlin, Jee-hé-o-hó-shah, Cannot Be Thrown Down, a Warrior, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.23
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Artwork Details

Title
Jee-hé-o-hó-shah, Cannot Be Thrown Down, a Warrior
Date
1832
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male — Cannot Be Thrown Down
  • Indian — Kansas
Object Number
1985.66.23

Artwork Description

“Amongst those tribes who thus shave and ornament their heads, the crest is uniformly blood-red; and the upper part of the head, and generally a considerable part of the face, as red as they can possibly make it with vermilion. I found these people cutting off the hair with small scissors, which they purchase of the Fur Traders; and they told me that previous to getting scissors, they cut it away with their knives; and before they got knives, they were in the habit of burning it off with red-hot stones, which was a very slow and painful operation.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)