Monchonsia, or White Plume, was chief of the Kansa tribe and among a delegation of Native Americans who visited Washington, D.C., in 1822. Artist Charles Bird King was hired to create portraits of the delegates. Those paintings were copied by Henry Inman to illustrate History of the Indian tribes of North America…(1837-1844) by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall.
See this and other illustrations from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection in the special exhibition, Natural Histories, closing September 13!
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the Souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk art pic by Isabel Bryna of Mariposa Galactica