Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat

  • George Catlin, Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.159

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This plump six-year-old was directly in line to become chief of the Blackfoot. Twice kidnapped by Crow, he lived at Fort Union under the protection of its chief trader Kenneth Mackenzie, who planned to keep him until “he shall arrive at the proper age to take up the office which he is to succeed.”

Title
Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat
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 – Blackfoot
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Portrait male – Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, Grandson of – full length
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
Object Number
1985.66.159
Palette
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