Crow Chief - 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 Crow Indian is
Cháh-ee-chópes, Four Wolves, a Chief in Mourning. 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
“[The Chief was] in mourning for a brother; and
according to their custom, [he] cut off a number of
locks of his long hair, which is as much as a man
can well spare of so valued an ornament, which he
has been for the greater part of his life
Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North
American Indians (1832 - 1839)
by George Catlin