Paytakootha, a Shawanoe Warrior

Paytakootha, a Shawanoe Warrior

Charles Bird King (1785-1862). Paytakootha, a Shawanoe Warrior. Hand-colored lithograph, Plate 18. McKenney, Thomas L. & Hall, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: F.W. Greenough, 1838-1844.
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Flying Clouds (Payta-kootha) (Shawnee) was probably painted by King in Washington, D.C., but the date is unknown.  He was an itinerant, self-appointed ambassador among tribes.  As a Shawnee representative, he signed treaties beginning with the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 and ending with the Treaty with the Shawnee of 1825.  In the latter treaty the Shawnee sold the last of their lands in Ohio and received lands in the State of Missouri.  In this portrait the mutilation of the subject's ears and addition of trade silver ear cuffs is extreme.