The name of the Native Indian woman in the picture is Ru-ton-ye-mee-ma, Strutting Pigeon, Wife of White Cloud, 1844, Iowa tribe. The picture of her raises different points of interest which increase knowledge and understanding of Native Indian tribes:
The title we have given the picture reflects the name of the tribe, for ease of identification.
Description of the Picture
“Portrait of a warrior, with his pipe in his hand... Smoking is a luxury so highly valued by the Indians, they have bestowed much pains, and not a little ingenuity, to the construction of their pipes... The bowls of these are generally made of the red steatite, or ‘pipe-stone’ (as it is more familiarly called in this country), and many of them designed and carved with much taste and skill, with figures and groups standing or reclining upon them.”
The Manners, Customs and Conditions of the North American Indians (1832 - 1839)