Tshusick, an Ojibway woman, has an interesting story. Having walked alone from Detroit to Washington, she was found starving, in rags, and nearly frozen. McKenney took her in, fed her, and gave her fabric, feathers and beads to make something to wear. She toiled late into the night and created one of the finest garments imaginable, which she is wearing in her portrait. When Tshusick was presented to Washington society, she took them by storm with her genteel ways and command of the French language. After her departure for Detroit and Mackinac, McKenney learned she was an impostor, a con-woman, who invented heart-wrenching stories to get what she wanted.
Portrait is a 12" x 18" unframed archival print.