Description Toward the end of the rendezvous, Captain Stewart, amid great ceremony, presented gifts to various chiefs, braves, and warriors who had performed some meritorious action or who had rendered personal services to Stewart or his group. These were "the 'elite,' the 'creme de la creme,'" said Miller. "They attached great importance to the matter, as it gives them a certain status with their people." Antoine, behind Stewart, is selecting Bowie knives and other gifts, which were also intended to ensure the friendship of a large group of Indians, because a hostile group of Blackfeet was rumored to be nearby.
- Alfred Jacob Miller: An Artist on the Oregon Trail. Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody. 1981-1982.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858-1860, by commission; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860
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