Téh-tóot-sah (better known as Tohausen, Little Bluff), First Chief

  • George Catlin, Téh-tóot-sah (better known as Tohausen, Little Bluff), First Chief, 1834, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.62

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Téh-tóot-sah, the head chief of the Kiowa, was described by George Catlin as “a very gentlemanly and high minded man, who treated the dragoons and officers with great kindness while in his country. His long hair, which was put up in several large clubs and ornamented with a great many silver broaches, extended quite down to his knees.” Catlin’s ability to see Indians as “gentlemanly and high minded,” when so many other white Americans saw them only as uncivilized, may reflect the strong influence of Enlightenment ideas in Philadelphia during Catlin’s youth.

Title
Téh-tóot-sah (better known as Tohausen, Little Bluff), First Chief
Artists
Date
1834
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
  • Occupation – other – chief
  • Portrait male – Little Bluff – waist length
  • Portrait male – Teh Toot Sah – waist length
  • Portrait male – Tohausen – waist length
  • Ethnic – Indian – Kiowa
Object Number
1985.66.62
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