George Catlin, Tel-maz-há-za, a Warrior of Distinction, 1834, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.293
“I have visited forty-eight different tribes, the greater part of which I found speaking different languages, and containing in all 400,000 souls. I have brought home safe, and in good order, 310 portraits in oil, all painted in their native dress, and in their own wigwams . . . as well as a very extensive and curious collection of their costumes, and all their other manufactures, from the size of a wigwam down to the size of a quill or a rattle.” George Catlin painted portraits of Creek/Muskogee braves at Fort Gibson, Arkansas Territory, in 1834. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol.
Tel-maz-há-za, a Warrior of Distinction
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29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
- Dress – accessory – jewelry
- Ethnic – Indian – Creek
- Portrait male – Tel Maz Ha Za – knee length
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