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Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna

Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Linear feet
7 Photographic prints
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Photo-folder 2
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910-1914
Summary:
This collection consists of 5 publicity photographic portraits and 2 photographic performance posters of Native American entertainer and performer Chief Wolf Wanna.
Content Description:
The Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna collection consists of 5 publicity portraits and 2 photographic performance posters of Native American entertainer and performer Chief Wolf Wanna. These materials provide a window into the performing career of Wanna, originally from the U.S. Southwest, who moved to New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. Wanna briefly found celebrity in lecturing, singing, and performing dances which romanticized and to some extent stereotyped Native cultures throughout the U.S.
Arrangement:
The materials in this collection are organized into folders.
Biographical / Historical:
Specific details on the life of Chief Wolf Wanna (1880-1919) are somewhat difficult to locate. Wolf Wanna was born to Petro Wanna and Luiza Obanda in Pueblo, Colorado in 1880. He may have possibly attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, although no records appear to exist. Around 1905 Wanna lived in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked as a ranch foreman. He later relocated to New York City sometime prior to 1911, and in June of that year married Loretta Colombo in Boston, Massachusetts.

During his early years in New York City he traveled throughout the country, working in motion pictures, vaudeville, and stage performances, and was billed as "Chief Wolf Wanna – Full blood American Indian Performer and Entertainer." Various newspaper articles and playbills identify Wanna as either Diné (Navajo) or Apache, and as the "favorite grandson" of Goyathlay (Geronimo, ca. 1825-1909; Chiricahua Apache). During these early years of his stage career, he reportedly lectured on "Justice to the Indian," spoke about Custer's Last Stand and Sitting Bull, sang a number of songs, and performed Native American dances. In the years 1911-1914, he may have also been involved with Wild West shows.

By 1915 Wanna was re-married to Mary Schlereth, still living in New York City, and self-employed as a Medicine Manufacturer. Sometime around 1915-1916 Wanna was employed to promote "Walsh's Eucalyptus and Menthol Inhaler" by John J. Walsh, whom the 1915 Journal of the American Medical Association considered a street faker. By 1919 Wanna and Schlereth had separated, and he was employed as a "Medical Demonstrator." Chief Wolf Wanna died in November, 1919, in New York.
Related Materials:
The Carl A. Kroch Library of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University also contains two cloth-backed posters promoting lectures by Chief Wolf Wanna.
Separated Materials:
One oil portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna is in the NMAI Object Collections, and was assigned the object number 24/3981.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Louis Marotta in 1970.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332
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Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv42057c1e1-00f9-4a3c-aebf-281a4b42cf95
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-332
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Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910
Scope and Contents:
Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna wearing full regalia. Original label provides following description: "Chief Wolf Wanna. Full blood American Indian Performer and Entertainer." Photographed by White, in Boston, MA, circa 1910.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_001_P27116
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv42e81fa0f-3e72-4cf5-aaa6-f0a63b61eac4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref1

Photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910
Scope and Contents:
Photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna. Photographed by White, in Boston, MA, circa 1910.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_001_P27117
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv46c895a9b-16bd-4f1a-b231-245a812ade2c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref2

Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910
Scope and Contents:
Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna wearing full regalia. Original label provides following description: "Chief Wolf Wanna. Full blood American Indian Performer and Entertainer." Photographed by White, in Boston, MA, circa 1910.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_001_P21178
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4f4018b51-2346-454e-a971-3cde82bda435
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref3

Photographic print of Chief Wolf Wanna at convention

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 1
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910
Scope and Contents:
Photographic print of Chief Wolf Wanna posed in a convention sales booth for "Walsh's Eucalyptus and Menthol Inhaler." On the tabletop in front of Wanna are jars of tuberculous lung tissue and healthy lung tissue, posed to illustrate the benefits to one's lungs of utilizing Walsh's inhaler. Photographed by Salathial Mastin, in New York, NY, circa 1910.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_001_P21179
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4e5a7345c-d850-4dac-b63f-9f1ca1f4e84a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref4

Photographic performance poster of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 2
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
1912
Scope and Contents:
Photographic performance poster of Chief Wolf Wanna performing at the Star Family Theatre, New York City, on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19th, 22nd, and 23rd, 1912.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_002_P21180
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv466fd3325-8158-4eb2-88fd-60e875791f39
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref5

Photographic performance poster of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 2
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
1914
Scope and Contents:
Photographic performance poster of Chief Wolf Wanna performing at the Cleveland Theatre, New York City, on Wednesday, May 20th, 1914.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_002_21181
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv459781b42-c009-4c99-84c9-497b5a768c6e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref6

Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna

Collection Creator:
Marotta, Louis  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print
Container:
Photo-folder 2
Culture:
Apache  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Date:
circa 1910
Scope and Contents:
Publicity photographic portrait of Chief Wolf Wanna wearing full regalia. Original label provides following description: "Chief Wolf Wanna. Full Blood American Indian From Apache Tribe." Photographed by White, in Boston, MA, circa 1910.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna, NMAI.AC.332; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.332, Item 332_pht_002_P21182
See more items in:
Photographs of Chief Wolf Wanna
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sv4354d1d22-f1a7-4c9f-bad2-72df04f7b9d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmai-ac-332-ref7

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