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Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of a 7-leaf manuscript written by George Washington Grayson in 1908. The manuscript is an account of the life of Moty Tiger (Hoo-ma Ti-ka), who became Principal Chief of the Creek Nation in 1907.
Biographical / Historical:
Chief Moty Tiger (d. 1921) was a Creek (Muskogee) Indian and tribal leader who was elected Second Chief of the Creeks in 1897 in one of the last tribal election ever held. After the death of Principal Chief Pleasant Porter in 1907, Tiger replaced him in that position in accordance with Creek law and by formal appointment by President Theodore Roosevelt. Tiger continued to serve as the leader of the Creeks until his resignation in 1920.
NAA MS 2010-26
Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives also holds a portrait of Chief Moty Tiger in its collection of glass negatives from the Bureau of American Ethnology. Please see OPPS NEG 1118A or NAA INV 6230300.