The subject is the most important element of the painting along with other objects and attributes that allow him to be identified as a member of a Native American tribe. These include the feathered war bonnet, feather fan, clothing, and facial features of the subject, all of which help in understanding the background of the subject. The subject can be noticed to be looking away from the focus and towards his left while holding the feather fan in his left hand. The feather fan is a common object that can be seen being held by different Native Americans in various images. The feathered fan, sometimes also referred to as a smudge fan, was used in the smudging ceremony to fan the smoke resulting from burning herbs and other plants. The fan shown in the painting has long brown feathers of possibly a large bird indicating its connection with a traditional Indian ceremony or ritual. The artist has not added much contrast to the feathered fan which makes it almost indistinguishable from the lock of the subject’s hair behind. An individual can easily figure out that artist has tried to capture Native American life in its most unadulterated form.
The feathered war bonnet is a prominent feature of the painting which is the most vibrant part of the painting. The war bonnet is animatedly colored as compared to other parts of the painting that are relatively pale. The artist has used shades of red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and others to paint the war bonnet. The background seems to be blue tinted while the subject’s shirt looks dull. The artist has used flat colors to paint the strings running down from the war bonnet. Even with the variance in contrast in the different parts of the image, the artist has successfully created a balance that draws an individual to visualize the Native American culture. The painting has captured the Native American way of life in the several elements that comprise the image including the subject