PACHITUWA-CHTA, ARIKARA WARRIOR

Pachtuwa was introduced to Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer by Mato-Tope, one of the chiefs of the Mandan tribe in 1834.  Pachtuwa-Chta had been living peacefully with the Mandan.  Described as a tall, handsome man, Pachtuwa-Chta was characterized as someone who couldn’t be counted on and described as a man who had killed many white men.  He posed for Bodmer wearing a beautiful red buffalo robe and heavily beaded leggings and moccasins and carried in the crook of his arm a gunstock type war club.   In exchange for his portrait, Pachtuwa-Chta accepted a picture of a bear in which Maximilian painted the bear and Bodmer provided the background.

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