In the year 1836 Mato-Tope became the major chief of his tribe , the Mandan. He was a famous warrior and a great artist. In
the year 1833 he and Karl Bodmer became friends. Some years later a pox-epedemic killed most paople of his tribe.
Only 125 people out of more than 1600 survived. Some people said that Mato-Tope was killed by the pox as well, but Catlin
claimed that Mato-Tope did hunger himself to death because he did grieve too much about the death of his family. On July 30,
1837, the day he died, an embittered Four Bears described the smallpox epedemic that was killing him and many of his people.
From: historical accounts & records
LINK TO BRAVEHORSE WARRIORS VOLUME TWO