Shared Photo: Standing Turkey Kanagatoga, Chief of the Cherokees

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I wanted to share this family photo of Old Hop Cherokee with the community. Location: unknown. Date: unknown.
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I’m sorry, but this is not a portrait of the chief known as “Old Hop.”  It’s a portrait of his nephew,  painted by Francis Parsons in London.  Cunne Shote (Standing/Stalking Turkey), Ostenaco, and Pouting Pigeon went to London in 1762  with Henry Timberlake and the portrait was made then. The portrait is currently owned by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK and is frequently mis-identified on the Internet.

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What a wonderful photo of Chief Kanagatoga, he looks like a stern man who stood his ground! The expression on his face is don't mess with me or my family! A true treasure.

Thank you Della for sharing this wonderful treasure with us!
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
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Thank you for sharing this amazing historical portrait of Chief Kanagatoga.  His eyes really do feel like windows to his soul; I get a feeling that he can see right through to the core of my being.  And this is 'just a painting'!  Clearly, he had a depth to his spirit and being far beyond the superficial.  

There appears to be quite a story in what Chief Kanagatoga is wearing, with such an impressive combination of western styled European men's shirt and cloak combined with classic indigenous headdress and accessories.  This is one of those cases where a picture truly is worth more than a thousand words, and also one where many questions arise based on what can be seen in this portrait.  

Thanks again so very much for sharing this!
by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (170k points)
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What a fantastic photo I like ve th color thank you Della for sharing this amazing photo
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)

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