O-rón-gás-see, Bear-catcher, a Celebrated Warrior

  • George Catlin, O-rón-gás-see, Bear-catcher, a Celebrated Warrior, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.26

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George Catlin probably painted this image of Bear-catcher, a warrior of the Kansas/Kaw tribe, at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. Catlin later described the warrior as having “hair . . . cut as close to the head as possible, except a tuft the size of the palm of the hand, on the crown of the head, which is left of two inches in length: and in the centre of which is fastened a beautiful crest made of the hair of the deer's tail (dyed red) and horsehair, and oftentimes surmounted with the war-eagle's quill.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no.

Title
O-rón-gás-see, Bear-catcher, a Celebrated Warrior
Artists
Date
1832
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.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Kansas
  • Portrait male – Bear Catcher
Object Number
1985.66.26
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