Portrait Photos Of White Wolf AKA Chief John Smith, The Oldest Native American To Have Ever Lived – Design You Trust

Portrait Photos Of White Wolf AKA Chief John Smith, The Oldest Native American To Have Ever Lived

At the ripe age of 137, White Wolf a.k.a. Chief John Smith is considered the oldest Native American to have ever lived, 1785-1922.

When asked the secret to good health, Chief Smith responded “I never fly United Airlines.”

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune obituary says Ga-Be-Nah-Gewn-Wonce (variously known as Kay-bah-nung-we-way, Sloughing Flesh, Wrinkled Meat or plain old — well, really old — John Smith) was reputed to be 137 years old when he died. Whatever his precise age, his well-lined face indicates a man who led a long and full life.

According to Wikipeida, the exact age of John Smith at the time of his death has been a subject of controversy.

Federal Commissioner of Indian Enrollment Ransom J. Powell argued that “it was disease and not age that made him look the way he did” and remarked that according to records he was only 88 years old.

Paul Buffalo who, when a small boy, had met John Smith, said he had repeatedly heard the old man state that he was “seven or eight”, “eight or nine” and “ten years old” when the “stars fell”.

The stars falling refers to the Leonid meteor shower of November 13, 1833, about which local historian Carl Zapffe writes:

“Birthdates of Indians of the 19th Century had generally been determined by the Government in relation to the awe-inspiring shower of meteorites that burned through the American skies just before dawn on 13 November 1833, scaring the daylights out of civilized and uncivilized peoples alike. Obviously it was the end of the world…”.

This puts the age of John Smith at just under 100 years old at the time of his death.

More info: Wikipedia (h/t: vintag.es)









If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Architectural Photographer Pavel Bendov
Havana Street Produces 12 Sets of Twins
Self-Taught Kenyan Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Black Female Models
Majestic Photos Of Mount Fuji At Dawn That Will Inspire Your Week
Breathtaking Photos Of The Beauty Models Pose Perilously Close To The Edge Of New York's Buildings
Born In The USSR: 50 Amazing Photos Of Russian Girls From The 1990s
2016 Audubon Photography Awards
Impossible Instant Lab: Turn iPhone Images into Real Photos
Historic Photos Of Russian Beauties In Traditional Costumes Prove Slavic Beauty Never Gets Boring
Biochemist Elzbieta Kurowska Creates Stunning Liquid Biomorphic Structures
Selfie Sticks
Spectacular Winning Photos Of The 2017 International Photographer Of The Year Contest
Photographer Philippe Echaroux Used A McDonald’s Big Mac Box To Create Stunning Portraits
"Skater For Life": Fascinating Vintage Photos Of Judi Oyama, Who Began Skating In 1973 When She Was 13 Till Now!
Photographer David Yeo Places Naturally Small Species Alongside Animals That Have Been Selectively Bred To Be Tiny And Cute
Hobby Buddies: Ursula Sprecher And Andi Cortellini’s Weird And Wonderful Photos Of Clubs
Beautiful Photos Of Cuba In 1954 That Looks Like A Country Of Freedom
This Photographer Tied A Model Up In Shark-Infested Waters And It Was More Beautiful Than Scary
Reflected Images Of Tree Bark Reveal The Faces Hiding In The Forest
DEKOCHARI: The Youth of Japan Customise Their Pushbikes in Extreme Ways
17 Seriously Intriguing Photographs That Will Trick Your Eyes
Fashion Portrait Paintings Of The Tattooed Girls By Philip Muñoz
Propaganda Pictures Of The Vietnam War From The Enemy Side
Controversial Photos Inside The Homes Of Russia's Ultrarich Show The Country's Problem With Wealth Inequality