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Wee-tá-ra-shá-ro, Head Chief of the Tribe

"This man embraced Colonel Dodge and others of the dragoon officers in council, in his village, and otherwise treated them with great kindness, theirs being the first visit ever made to them by white people". The subject was over ninety years old, according to George Catlin, and sat for his portrait at a Comanche village in 1834. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin's Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

1834
Oil on canvas
73.7 x 60.9cm
1985.66.55
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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