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Object Name Print
Title Wakawnhaka
Catalog Number 1985.32.1
Creator Bowen, J. T.
Date 1841
Material(s) Ink on paper;
Dimensions H-20.375 W-14.5 inches
Description This is a handcolored image of the Winnebago chief WA-KAWN-HA-KA. He is wearing a green corded turban with a red ribbon. There are four red, white and black feathers in it. His wearing face paint. He is wearing only a white fabric wrapped around his chest.
Notes A loyal and principled Winnebago chief who was adamantly devoted to preserving the integrity of his cultural heritage, Wa-Kawn-Ha-Ka forbade his tribe to trade their territory for land in the West and would not allow his children to attend the Indian school. He once remarked to McKenney: "The Great Spirit has made us whatever we are-it is not his will that we should be changed; if it was his will, he would let us know; if it is not his will it would be wrong for us to attempt it, nor could we by any art change our nature." The Winnebago tribe inhabited the Northeastern region of the United States.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Bowen, J. T.
Subjects Native Americans
Native peoples
Indians of North America
Indigenous peoples
Search Terms Indians
Native American
Native Americans
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS