No-Tin (Wind), a Chippewa Chief, 1832—33
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee (M.2008.58)
Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 × 25 3/4 in.
No-Tin, which means “wind,” was an active chief and leader of the Chippewa peoples, one of the most powerful tribes in the Great Lakes territory. The beautifully detailed ostrich plume, eagle feather, bead choker, and orange and white face paint reflect Chippewa attire typically used for special occasions. Henry Inman’s portrait is an early example of the effort that American artists made to depict Native Americans for national posterity; Inman painted over 130 portraits of Indian chiefs. By painting these leaders on a grand scale, Inman deliberately set them on par with other noted Anglo American sitters.