Native American Heritage Month: The White Cloud

George Catlin (1796–1872) was a prolific early painter of Native Americans, showing their varied dress, customs, and regional distinctions. The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas, from the 1840s, was one of hundreds recording the proud and heroic features of individuals and tribes across the country.

The stamp was released in 1998 as part of the Four Centuries of American Art stamp pane.

© 1996 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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