Kee-món-saw, Little Chief, a Chief (Q20540171)

Label from: English (en)

artist: George Catlin (Q455133)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: man (Q8441) Indigenous peoples of the United States (Q49297) portrait (Q134307)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 4210

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: George Catlin described Little Chief, a chief of the Kaskaskia/Miami, as “half-civilized, and, I should think, half-breed . . . This young man is chief of the tribe; and I was told by one of the Traders, that his mother and his son, were his only subjects.” Catlin probably painted this portrait at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)
keywords Ethnic – Indian – Kaskaskia

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