63 of 70

Olin Levi Warner
"Joseph," Hin-Mah-Toó-Yah-Lat-Kekht, Chief of the Nez Perce Indians
1889
bronze
17 5/8 in. diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, A Gift of Alison Warner Waterman in memory of her mother, Frances D. Warner



This is the only known portrait from life of Joseph, chief of the Nez Perce Indians, famous for his tactical skill in leading his people during their final war with the United States in 1877. Warner was introduced to Chief Joseph by his friend, Charles Wood, who had personally witnessed Joseph's surrender to the army and recorded his much-admired speech for posterity. Wood urged Warner to create a lasting remembrance of this noble chief, who is shown in profile, following traditions of antique and Renaissance medals. Quotation marks around the name “Joseph” remind us that this is not an Indian name but one used by the white man.