Nót-to-way, a Chief (Q20540253)

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)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 4295

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: “Of this tribe I have painted but one . . . This was an excellent man, and was handsomely dressed for his picture . . . He seemed to be quite ignorant of the early history of his tribe, as well as of the position and condition of its few scattered remnants, who are yet in existence . . . though he was an Iroquois, which he was proud to acknowledge to me . . . he wished it to be generally thought, that he was a Chippeway.” George Catlin’s notes imply that Nót-to-way was living with the Ojibwe, which would suggest that this portrait was painted either at Fort Snelling in 1835 or near Sault Ste. Marie in 1836. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)
keywords Portrait male – Not To Way Ethnic – Indian – Iroquois

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