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Meta-koosega, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
Meta Koosega
Pure Tobacco
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 73
Meta-koosega--Pure Tobacco, a Chippewa Warrior. Is one of the Lac-de-Flambeau band, of the Chippewas. This man was one of a war party raised in 1824, to go against the Sioux, they descended the Chippeway river [sic] to the Mississippi and fell in with a trader named Finley, from Praire du Chein, whom, together with the crew, they murdered. A demand was made by the U.S. Government for the delivering up of the murderers; when twenty nine of the party voluntarily surrended themselves, they were examined and seven of them were committed for trial, and confined at Mackinac. The remainder were discharged. The judge of the district declined trying them, on the ground of objections raised against the jurisdiction of the court. Tired of their long confinement, during the following winter they cut their way out of jail and escaped. Gov. Cass and Col. McKenney, were charged, in 1826, when on the upper Lakes, to ascertain who the murderers were, and to demand their surrender. Meta-Koosega, attended the council and underwent an examination. The company were satisfied, that although he was of the party that murdered Finly, he took no part in the crime. To an answer given to a question put to him, Gov. Cass said, "will you put your hand on your breast, and say that in the face of the Great Spirit*" Meta-koosega looked the governor full in the face and replied, "Am I a dog that I should lie*" [Pp. 16-17.]
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 04480075
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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