Meach-o-shín-gaw, Little White Bear, a Distinguished Brave

  • George Catlin, Meach-o-shín-gaw, Little White Bear, a Distinguished Brave, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.25

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“Meach-o-shin-gaw (the little white bear), Chesh-oo-hong-ha (the man of good sense), and Wa-hon-ga-shee (no fool), are portraits of distinguished Konzas [Kansas/Kaw], and all furnish striking instances of the bold and Roman outline.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Meach-o-shín-gaw, Little White Bear, a Distinguished Brave
Artist
Date
1832
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 – Kansas
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Object – weapon – dagger
  • Portrait male – Little White Bear – bust
Object Number
1985.66.25
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