Cheyenne 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 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:
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
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
Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North
American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin