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O-kee-maa-kee-quid, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
O Kee Maa Kee Quid
Chief That Speaks
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 55
O-kee-maa-kee-quid--the Chief that speaks, a Chippewa. He is seen in a Sioux dress, the material is deer skin died [sic] nearly black, he came by it under the following circumstances. The original owner was present with O-kee-maa-quid at the treaty of peace at Praire du Chein, the war hatchet being buried, the Sioux proposed to give his dress in exchange for the blanket and leggins, &c. of the Chippewa, saying "we are now at peace." It was agreed to. The dresses being exchanged, the Sioux looked the Chippeway [sic] in the eye and said, "remember one thing, whenever you put on that dress, put your finger up and count the feathers on the top of the cap, you will feel five, I stuck one in for each scalp I took of your countrymen." This was a sly bit of Indian vengeance covered up under a shew of friendship. O-kee-maa-kee-quid, was a tall well formed man, his legs in the painting are not duly proportioned, the lines of the leggins were followed and not of his legs. He was an active man at the treaty of Fond-du-lac, and built a Canoe for Gov. Cass. He was skilful in this business, Col. McKenny purchased his Sioux dress and accoutrements, and brought them to Washington. They are yet in the office of Indian Affairs in Washington. [P. 14.]
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 male
Ethnic--Chippewa
Control number:
AECI 04480057
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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