Kots-a-to-ah, or Smoked Shield), as painted by George Catlin on the Red River of Texas circa 1830s. The frontier artist described the Kiowa leader as “another of the extraordinary men of this tribe, near seven feet in stature, and distinguished, not only as one of the greatest warriors, but the swiftest on foot, in the nation. This man, it is said, runs down a buffalo on foot, and slays it with his knife or his lance, as he runs by its side!”
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