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Waa-pa-shaw, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
Waa Pa Shaw
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 88
Waa-pa-shae, a Dacota (Sioux) Chief, a distinguished man. His life will be read, in the work referred to, with thrilling interest. We give here but a single incident. It is a council scene. Waa-pa-shaw arose, and placing himself in an attitude of studied, though apparent dignity, looked around upon the Chiefs with a menacing look. His countenance was fierce and terrible, and cold and stern were the faces upon which his piercing eye was bent. He plucked a single hair from his head, held it up before them, and then spoke in a grave and resolute tone: "Winnebagoes% Do you see this hair* Look at it. You threaten to massacre the white people at the Prarie [sic]. They are your friends, and mine. You wish to drink their blood% Is that your purpose* Dare to lay a finger upon one of them, and I will blow you from the face of the earth, as I now," suiting the action to the word, "blow this hair with my breath, where none can find it." Not a head was turned at the close of this startling and unexpected annunciation, not a muscle was seen to move% Let this suffice. Waa-pa-shaw is a great Indian, and would stand high in more refined councils, especially were decision and bravery required. [P. 21.]
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--Sioux
Ethnic--Dakota
Control number:
AECI 04480090
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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