1858, "Little Crow," McKenney & Hall

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 The name of "Little Crow" in his own language is Chatonwahtooamany, or the "Sparrow hawk that comes to you walking." The French have him the name of "Petit Corbeau" and the English appellation is a translation of the latter. He visited Washington in 1824 and at that time was head chief of the Kahpozhay band, of the Mundaywahkanton, and a person of some consideration. He then claimed to be, and perhaps was, by hereditary right, the head chief of the whole Sioux 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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