Big Kidney was from the Siksika Nation. He was born in 1873 and lived a long life to1951. His English name was Herbert Lawrence, but he was also known by the Ceremonialists as Rainy Chief. As a Ceremonialist, he was a member of the Brave Dog Society and the Prairie Chicken Society. Big Kidney was well known for his escapades.
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Portrait of Big Kidney, c. 1926-27
oil on canvas
73.7 x 59.0 cm
Collection of James Lanigan, Calgary, AB.