Né-hee-ó-ee-wóo-tis, Wolf on the Hill, Chief of the Tribe

  • George Catlin, Né-hee-ó-ee-wóo-tis, Wolf on the Hill, Chief of the Tribe, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.143

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Cheyenne chief Wolf on the Hill, George Catlin explained, “was clothed in a handsome dress of deer skins, very neatly garnished with broad bands of porcupine quill-work down the sleeves of his shirt and his leggings, and all the way fringed with scalp-locks. His hair was very profuse, and flowing over his shoulders; and in his hand he held a beautiful Sioux pipe, which had just been presented to him by Mr. M’Kenzie, the Trader. This was one of the finest looking and most dignified men that I have met in the Indian country; and from the account given of him by the Traders a man of honour and strictest integrity.” Catlin painted this work at Fort Pierre (in present-day South Dakota) in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Né-hee-ó-ee-wóo-tis, Wolf on the Hill, Chief of the Tribe
Artist
Date
1832
Location
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 – Cheyenne
Object Number
1985.66.143
Palette
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