(Painted 1847.) Commonly called Ugly Head. Principal Chief of the Spokanes, or Flat-Heads, residing on the waters of the Spokane River. When about to commence the painting of this portrait, the old chief made a sign for me to stop, as he wished to give me a talk. He spoke near an hour, and said that his people had always been friendly with the whites--that some of the first "long knives" that came to his country had taken wives from among his women, and had lived among them--they were his brothers--he had adopted the white man's religion, and had used his influence to promote Christianity among his people. Shortly after the butchery at the Wailetpu Mission, a rumour reached the Spokanes that the Cayuses were coming to murder the families of Messrs. Walker and Eels, Missionaries located among them at Fishimakine. The old chief collected his people, and with their lodges surrounded the mission, declaring the Cayuses should first murder them. . . . Messrs. Walker and Eels were subsequently taken from the mission to Fort Colville by the old chief, fearing the responsibility of protecting them from the Cayuses and his own impetuous warriors, if the rumoured death of their friends in Willamette should prove true. After remaining some weeks at Fort Colville, they were taken by a company of Oregon volunteers to the settlements, where they still reside. [P. 69.]
Portraits of North American Indians, with Sketches of Scenery, etc., painted by J.M. Stanley. Deposited with the Smithsonian Institution. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. December, 1852.