Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kotz-a-tó-ah, Smoked Shield, Distinguished Warrior

Kotz-a-tó-ah, Smoked Shield, a Distinguished Warrior
Painting of George Catlin, painted 1834
Smithsonian American Art Museum

" . . . another of the extraordinary men of this tribe [Kiowa], near seven feet in stature, and distinguished, not only as one of the greatest warriors, but the swiftest on foot, in the nation. This man, it is said, runs down a buffalo on foot, and slays it with his knife or his lance, as he runs by its side!” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 43, 1841, reprint 1973; Gurney and Heyman, eds., George Catlin and His Indian Gallery, 2002)

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