Title: Oil Portrait of Petalesharro (Generous Chief), Pawnee
Description: Petalesharro, one of the Native American delegates who traveled to the White House in 1822, gained heroic status in the capital after a publication circulated around the city describing his daring rescue of a Comanche woman from being burned at the stake by his own tribe. The tale inspired a group of ladies to give him a medal for his bravery. He is portrayed here wearing a Monroe peace medal, trade bead necklaces, and a warbonnet tipped with eagle feathers.
Creator: Charles Bird King
Credit: White House Historical Association (White House Collection)