1858, "Kai-pol-e-qua," McKenney & Hall

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Kaipolequa, distinguished warrior and chief of a division of the Saukie nation, that was divided into two bands, or parties, one called Kishkoquis, or the Long Hairs and the other Oshcush, or the brave. Attained his high rank of leader through military abilities, being considered as one of the most distinguished braves of the nation. This beautiful portrait is from McKenney & Hall’s Indian Tribes of North America, Rice & Hart, Philadelphia, 1858. (page size: 6 7/8" wide x 10 ½" high). This copper plate engraved and original hand colored plate was based on the original painting by Charles Bird King, who was employed by the U.S. War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington, D.C. Most of Byrd’s original oil paintings were lost in a fire at the Smithsonian Institution. Thomas Loraine McKenney, a bureaucrat, who served as Superintendent of Indian Trade and with the Office of Indian Affairs, joined with James Hall, a lawyer and writer, saw their publishing product as one way to preserve an accurate visual record of a quickly receding culture. This engraving is in excellent condition.


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