Ko-mán-i-kin, Big Wave, an Old and Distinguished Chief

  • George Catlin, Ko-mán-i-kin, Big Wave, an Old and Distinguished Chief, 1831, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.228

The Menomonies. Like the Winnebagoes, are the remnant of a much more numerous and independent tribe, but have been reduced and enervated by the use of whiskey and the ravages of the small-pox, and number at this time, something like three thousand, living chiefly on the banks of Fox River, and the Western shore of Green Bay. They visit Prairie du Chien, where their annuities are paid them; and they indulge in the bane [of alcohol].” George Catlin probably painted this work in Washington in1831. (Catlin, Letters and Notes , vol. 2, no. 52, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Ko-mán-i-kin, Big Wave, an Old and Distinguished Chief
Artist
Date
1831
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
21 1816 12 in. (53.741.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Big Wave
Object Number
1985.66.228
Palette
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