finely carved and with refined facial features; dressed in patterned cotton and linen dress, height 4.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century
According to Chief R. Deerfoot's obituary (1871-1959), he was a "noted evangelist" who claims Cherokee descent, was a Major during World War I, and was "said to have been the first Indian to pilot an airplane for the government." In addition to his military service, he "devoted his life to evangelical work all over the world." Despite his supposed military and evangelical notoriety, recorded in an article in The Tennessean, dated Feb. 19, 1948, Deerfoot was "placed under a suspended six year sentence for practicing medicine without a license in Rossville, Georgia" and "promised to vanish from the Georgia scene." He is buried in the Arlington Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Provenance:From an Estate in Sinking Springs, Ohio; Collected by "Chief" R. Deerfoot (1871-1959)
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