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Original portraits of Indian chiefs [art original] / by Samuel Seymour, official artist of Long's Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1819-1920

Identifier: 61-D

Scope and Contents

Portraits of six members of the 1821-1822 Native American delegation to Washington, DC. Probably copies of paintings by Charles Bird King lost in the 1865 Smithsonian fire. "These paintings are by neither Seymour nor King." Cf. note by William Sturtevant, Smithsonian Institution, May 1970. Caption and date handwritten on verso of each painting.


  • 1822



6 Items : 6 paintings : oil on millboard ; 29 x 21 cm, in container, 31 x 24 x 7 cm


Six portraits


  1. Monchousia (White Plume), Kansa chief (caption: Monge Warre, or, White Plume, a Kanza chief)
  2. Petalesharo (Generous Chief), Pawnee chief (caption: Pawnee Loup Chief, named the Giver or the Generous)
  3. Sharitarish (Wicked Chief), Pawnee chief (caption: Sharitarouish, Grand Pawnee Chief)
  4. Ongpatonga (Big Elk), Omaha chief (caption: Opang Tungah, or, Big Elk, a Maha (or Omaha) Chief, a great orator)
  5. Shaumonekusse (Prairie Wolf), Oto chief (caption: Nahotche nigeh, or, Sans Oreilles)
  6. Hayne Hudjihini (Eagle of Delight) , Oto woman, wife of Shaumonekusse (caption: Hangueh Kudjeh mi., or, the Female Eagle)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mrs. Edward Harkness, gift, 1941.

Related Materials

AMNH negative nos. 327688 to 397693; slide nos. 13783, 13796, 13803, 13813, 13823, 13833; 35mm. slide nos. 1378-1383.


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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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