Kay-ée-qua-da-kúm-ee-gísh-kum, He Who Tries the Ground with His Foot

  • George Catlin, Kay-ée-qua-da-kúm-ee-gísh-kum, He Who Tries the Ground with His Foot, 1836, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.185

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In 1835, after his visit to Oklahoma, George Catlin journeyed up the Mississippi by steamer from New Orleans to Fort Snelling in present-day Minnesota, bringing his wife, Clara, on a western “tour” for the first and only time. Tribes of the Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes region, such as the Ojibwe/Chippewa shown here, had been increasingly pressured by European traders, war, and United States expansion since the eighteenth century. Well before Catlin’s arrival, the upper midwestern tribes had incorporated woven cloth and elaborate beadwork into their dresses.

Title
Kay-ée-qua-da-kúm-ee-gísh-kum, He Who Tries the Ground with His Foot
Artist
Date
1836
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
  • Ethnic – Indian – Ojibwa
  • Portrait male – He Who Tries The Ground With His Foot
Object Number
1985.66.185
Palette
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