Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868
By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
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Wa-bo-jeeg c. 1747 - 1793
Wa-bo-jeeg, whose name means "White Fisher," was a member of the caribou dodem (clan) and was a chief known for his eloquence (he was a great speech-maker).
His father, Ma-mong-a-ze-da , was a famous chief and warrior who fought for the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
As a warrior, Wa-bo-jeeg gained fame in his battles against the Dakotas over hunting territory.
He was also renowned as a fur trader and hunter. The book, The Historic Johnston Family says, "The skins he took annually were worth $350, a sum amply sufficient to make him rich in clothing, arms [guns], powder [for the guns], vermilion [a brilliant red coloured powder for art], and trinkets [small, showy ornaments like jewels or rings]."
The Historic Johnston Family also describes how Wa-bo-jeeg, "had a splendid lodge. 60 feet in length, which he was fond of ornamenting [decorating with art]. In the centre there was a strong post, which rose several feet above the roof, and on the top there was the carved figure of an owl, which veered with the wind."
Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum