Luke Cowpoo (Daylight)


A photograph of an oil painting; portrait of Luke Cowpoo by Worth D. Griffin

Portrait was painted as part of a commission for Washington State College and the Board of Regents.

The following was recorded from the provenance on the painting’s back:
Luke Cowapoo Was born in 1886. He is a great grandson of Chief Lawyer of the Nez Perce Indians; he is also a grandson of George Eumolers, one time chief of the Cayuse. He is a half-breed Nez Perce and Cayuse. Cowapoo is a powerful man physically; he seems to combine the best of the Nez Perce and Cayuse charaxcteristics. He is a proud Indian and admits that he is the best-looking Indian on the Umatilla Reservation. The squaws seem to feel the same way about the matter. Cowapoo farms intermittently, but he finds greater pleasure in riding horse-back at the roundup.