Mohongo, an Osage Woman

Mohongo, an Osage Woman

Charles Bird King (1785-1862). Mohongo, an Osage Woman. Hand-colored lithograph, Plate 4. McKenney, Thomas L. & Hall, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia: F.W. Greenough, 1838-1844.
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Mo-hon-go, fl. 1827-1830 (Osage (Wazhazhe)) and her husband were among a group of Osage deceived into traveling to Europe in 1827 by a man named David Delaunay.  Delaunay presented himself as a representative of the United States Government and friend of William Clark and Manuel Lisa who was to accompany Osage representatives to Washington, D.C.  Instead, he took them to Europe where he toured them as a primitive wild west show.  He abandoned them in Paris.  Lafayette learned of their plight and paid their return passage.  Before arriving in Norfolk, Virginia, Mohongo's husband died of smallpox.  The Osage were rescued from Norfolk and brought to Washington, D.C. in 1830 at McKenney's direction.  King painted Mohongo's portrait there before her return to the Osage Nation.