Picture of Cherokee 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 Cherokee Indian is Cól-lee, a Band Chief, 1834, Cherokee 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:
“An aged and dignified chief. … This man … as well as a very great proportion of the Cherokee population, has a mixture of red and white blood in his veins, of which, in this instance, the first seems decidedly to predominate.”
The Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin