White Cloud
George Catlin, The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas, 1844/1845, National Gallery of Art, Paul Mellon Collection

This portrait of The White Cloud, head chief of the Iowa nation probably was painted in London, while the chief was touring with Catlin's Indian Gallery. [Click for a larger picture.]

Native Americans often had descriptive names that told others about them. Sometimes the names were based on visionary experiences or dreams--other times they were given to individuals by family members or religious figures.These names emphasized the special qualities or skills of the individual.



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