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Rant-che-wai-me, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
Rant Che Wai Me
Female Flying Pigeon
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 46
Rant-che-wai-me--Female flying pigeon. An Ioway, and the youngest of the four wives of the Ioway chief--Mahaska, or white cloud. Mahaska was of the party led to Washington, by Gen. Clarke, in 1824, and ranked high as a chief and warrior. After he left home, the three older wives treated the female flying pigeon with cruelty, being jealous of her. She left home and guided by no chart or compass but her own sagacity, struck across the country, and fell in with the party about 100 miles from home. She did not appear to be over fifteen. Mahaska would, though a fine looking Indian, now and then get drunk, and when drunk, like all drunkards, he was cruel. One day while at Washington he was inflicting some of an Indian husband's privileges on the Flying Pigeon, when the agent hearing the scuffle hastened to their room. Mahaska heard him coming, when lifting up the window sash he stepped out, forgetting that he was two stories from the ground. He broke an arm, yet the next day rode with that arm splintered, with the deputation, over the rough pavements and rougher roads, to see a big gun cast at Gen. Mason's Cannon Foundry. On their return home, Mahaska went to farming in good earnest, and became wealthy, and much respected. Whether the Flying Pigeon and the other wives made peace is not known, but the personal presence of an Indian husband is a certain cure for all jealous dissensions. [P. 11.]
Catalogue of One Hundred and Fifteen Indian Portraits, representing eighteen different tribes, accompanied by a few brief remarks on the character, &c. of most of them. Price 12 1/2 cents.
Topic:
Portrait female
Ethnic--Iowa
Control number:
AECI 04480048
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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