Cherokee Native American - Description and Points of Interest
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:
materials have been used to make the clothes /
ornaments or decorations are being worn?
items or accessories is he holding?
image does the picture convey? Intimidating or
Can you identify the group or the region the Native
Indian belongs to?
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
“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.”
Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North
American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin