Pawnee Native American - Description and Points of Interest
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 Pawnee Indian is translated as 'Brave Chief'
who was of the Skidi or Wolf Pawnee 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
“A very powerful and warlike nation, living on the
river Platte, about one hundred miles from its
junction with the Missouri; laying claim to, and
exercising sway over, the whole country, from its
mouth to the base of the Rocky Mountains. The
present number of this tribe is ten or twelve
thousand; about one half the number they had in
1832, when that most appalling disease, the
small-pox, was accidentally introduced amongst them
by the Fur Traders, and whiskey sellers; when ten
thousand (or more) of them perished in the course of
a few months... The Pawnees have ever been looked
upon, as a very warlike and hostile tribe; and
unusually so, since the calamity which I have
mentioned.” George Catlin went on to describe Brave
Chief as having “impressions of hands painted on his
Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North
American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin