Wa-Pel-La was a chief of the Musquakees (also known as the Meskwaki or Mesquakie, meaning "the Red-Earths"). These Native Americans are known today as the Fox tribe, closely related to the Sauks. Originally, they were from the Great Lakes area. Chief Wa-Pel-La was painted wearing a fancy headdress, a feathered shaw, a bear-claw necklace, and a portrait medallion. The original lithorgraph was hand-colored and printed by John T. Bowen, lithographer, ca. 1838.
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