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Addih-Hiddisch, Hidatsa Chief , 2008

by John Coleman


Mediums: Bronze

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: The subject of this bronze was also painted by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer in 1834 during his journey to the upper Missouri with German Prince Maximilian of Wied. Addíh-Hiddísch (Maker of Roads) was an outstanding leader—a chief of the village of Awacháwi and a member of the tribal council, which was concerned with the mutual defense of all three Hidatsa villages. He was the keeper of an important medicine bundle and had an impressive war record, having attacked the enemy six times on successful raids without losing any of his own men. The Joslyn museum purchased this piece with funds provided by Suzanne and Walter Scott, 2008.

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