He was named Iron Tail by his mother at birth when local bison displayed raised tails like iron rods. Iron Tail, as chief of the Oglala Lakota, was described not as a war chief but a wise counselor and diplomat, always dignified, quiet and never given to boasting. He was famously known as a star Native American performer with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. The black and white 1898 profile of the chief captured the artist’s attention. Adding a colorful headdress and beaded leather to the profile represents the artist’s imaginative view of Chief Iron Tail.