Picture of Cheyenne Native American - Description and Points of Interest
The name of the artist is George Catlin (1796-1872). The picture, depicting traditional dress, provides the opportunity to study the culture and clothing of this Native American Indian. The name of the Native Indian in the picture of the Cheyenne Indian is translated as 'Wolf on the Hill' who held the position of Chief of the tribe. The picture of him raises different points of interest which increase knowledge and understanding of Native Indian tribes:
What materials have been used to make the clothes / headdress?
What ornaments or decorations are being worn?
What items or accessories is he holding?
What image does the picture convey? Intimidating or friendly?
Can you identify the group or the region the Native Indian belongs to?
The title we have given the picture reflects the name of the tribe, for ease of identification.
Description of the Picture
The artist of this painting, George Catlin, wrote the following to accompany this picture:
was clothed in a handsome dress of deer skins, very neatly garnished with broad bands of porcupine quill-work down the sleeves of his shirt and his leggings, and all the way fringed with scalp-locks. His hair was very profuse, and flowing over his shoulders; and in his hand he held a beautiful Sioux pipe, which had just been presented to him by Mr. M'Kenzie, the Trader. This was one of the finest looking and most dignified men that I have met in the Indian country; and from the account given of him by the Traders a man of honour and strictest integrity.
The Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin