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Chief Black Coyote
Arapahoe
Newberry Library
oil on canvas, 13 x 9 in.
[The sun symbols tattooed on his chest identify Chief Black Coyote as a member of the Arapahoe tribe, while the markings on his arms indicate scars from 70 wounds inflicted during a time of prayer for the health of his children. Black Coyote was a police officer, southern Arapahoe band chief, and a leader in the Ghost Dance. According to Burbank, Black Coyote went to Washington, D.C. to discuss his peoples' land the day his portrait was finished.]