Contents: Manuscript 4590 Quapaw: (1) Description: Victor Griffin, last Chief of the Quapaws, 1927-1959 Date: 1956. (2) Robert A. Whitebird. Full blood. Head of Quapaw Tribal Business Committee since 1956. On board of National Congress of American Indians. Family name, Waz-hing-ka. (3) "Ceremonial pipe... We do not know if it is of Quapaw origin. It is made of gray, rather heavy stone and a little over two feet tall." --Mrs Velma Nieberding. (4) Mary Lane Redeagle, Miami, Oklahoma. Full blood (half Pottawatomie, half Quapaw). (5) Mrs George Romich helps her two daughters, Tamara (right) and Rhona (left) into dancing costume, for the annual Quapaw pow-wow. (6) Mrs Robert A. Whitebird and the buckskin dress she made and beaded, The design is authentic woodland made from an old Quapaw dress.
A souvenir booklet of the Ottawa County, Oklahoma Semi-Centennial (1907-1957) Ottowa County Pageant, is also included.
Manuscript 4590, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Photographs depicting Quapaw men, women, and children, in front of or near wood-sided buildings.
James Owen Dorsey (1848-1895) was an ethnologist and linguist employed by the Bureau of American Ethnology. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey was ordained by the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1871 and began missionary work among the Ponca Indians shortly thereafter. Though he was quick to learn the Ponca language, illness forced him to abandon his work in 1873. He returned to Baltimore and became a member of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) after its establishment in 1879. With the BAE, he completed studies of the Omaha, Osage, Kansa, and Dakota Indians, as well as Athapascan, Kusan, Takilman, and Yakonan languages in Oregon.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 134E
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the James O. Dorsey papers (MS 4800) and James Owen Dorsey photograph collection (MS 4751).
Glass negatives and prints for these and other Dorsey photographs of Quapaw Indians are held in the National Anthropological Archives in the BAE historical negatives and Photo Lot 24.
Original nitrate negatives are in cold storage and require advanced notice for viewing.
Photo Lot 134E, James Owen Dorsey photographs of Quapaw Indians, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.