Tishcohan

Tishcohan was a chief of the Delaware Tribe.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is Part 9 in a 9-part series on Ohio's great American Indian chiefs released by the Ohio Historical Society on Nov. 3, 1967. Richland Source has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Ohio History Connection to share content across our sites.

Tishcohan (or He Who Never Blackens Himself) was a chief of the Delaware tribe.

The Delaware, originally from the Philadelphia region, were also known as Leni-lenape, or "real men." They came by slow migrations from Pennsylvania to Ohio in the 1750s.

Tishcohan was remembered as a gentle and honest man who was engaged by the Moravian missionary, Christian Frederick Post, to scout for land around the Ohio River in July of 1758.

The portrait with this story shows the chief with a growth of chin whiskers, a characteristic extremely rare among Native American Indians, who were almost invariably beardless. He has suspended around his neck a squirrel skin tobacco pouch from which a clay pipe is protruding.

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