Mah-kée-mee-teuv, Grizzly Bear, Chief of the Tribe

  • George Catlin, Mah-kée-mee-teuv, Grizzly Bear, Chief of the Tribe, 1831, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.218

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George Catlin described Grizzly Bear as a dignified chief of the Menominee tribe who “commanded great respect for his eloquence, and . . . deportment.” He painted the chief with “a handsome pipe in his hand, and wampum on his neck,” probably in Washington, D.C., in 1831, when Grizzly Bear and fourteen members of his tribe visited the capital to negotiate the sale of a portion of their tribal lands. This portrait is painted with a flourish and fullness of expression that distinguishes it among the Menominee group. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed , 1979)

Title
Mah-kée-mee-teuv, Grizzly Bear, Chief of the Tribe
Artists
Date
1831
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
21 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (53.8 x 40.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Keywords
  • Portrait male – Grizzly Bear
  • Ethnic – Indian – Menominee
Object Number
1985.66.218
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