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Bark house, Kickapoo Reservation

Bark house, Kickapoo Reservation
Creator: Parkman, Mary
Date: 1935
This photograph, taken in 1935 as part of the New Deal Federal Indian program, depicts a bark house on the Kickapoo Reservation in northeast Kansas. This was the home of Marie Pewamo, who is presumably the woman standing out front. This style of house had been used since the nineteenth century by both the Kickapoo and Pottawatomi tribes.


Jotham Meeker to Rev. Lucius Bolles

Jotham Meeker to Rev. Lucius Bolles
Creator: Meeker, Jotham, 1804-1855
Date: July 8, 1840
In this fascinating letter, Jotham Meeker updated Reverend Lucius Bolles (of the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions) on his missionary efforts among the Ottawa Indians in Kansas Territory. Meeker included excerpts from his journal to describe the turmoil among the Ottawa over Indian conversions to Christianity. On March 13, 1840, Meeker and his fellow missionary David Green, attended a council of the Ottawa and Chippewa that had been called to protest their missionary work. The Ottawa and Chippewa chiefs were concerned about the breakdown of their tribal society, customs, etc... and placed the blame squarely on the missionary's shoulders. The Ottawa Mission was located near present-day Ottawa, Kansas.


Pottawatomie bark house

Pottawatomie bark house
Date: Between 1890 and 1919
This is a photograph of a Pottawatomie bark house from around the turn of the twentieth century. Winter residences of the Pottawatomie tended to be dome-shaped and rounded.


Pottawatomie dancers, Topeka, Kansas

Pottawatomie dancers, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1925
This photograph shows a group of Pottawatomi dancers gathered in Topeka, Kansas. The dancers ,some of whom are carrying bows and arrows, are dressed in traditional clothing. In the background the Theo. Poehler Mercantile Company Wholesale Grocers building is visible.


Pottawatomi Indian Dancer at Mayetta, Kansas

Pottawatomi Indian Dancer at Mayetta, Kansas
Date: 1961
This photograph, taken in 1961, depicts a Prairie Band Pottawatomi man at an Indian dance in Mayetta, Kansas. The man holds up a banner, which describes how he won an award from Haskell University as the "Outstanding Indian Dancer."


Prairie Band Pottawatomi women

Prairie Band Pottawatomi women
Creator: Parkman, Mary
Date: 1935
This photograph of Mrs. Frank Mazhas and her two daughters, Louise and Lizzie, was taken in 1935 as part of the New Deal Federal Indian program. These women belonged to the Prairie Band of the Pottawatomi tribe and are wearing traditional Pottawatomi clothing used for festive occasions.


Shawnee Sun (Siwinowe Kesibwi)

Shawnee Sun (Siwinowe Kesibwi)
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: November 1841
This photo static copy of the Shawnee Sun represents the first newspaper printed in Kansas (then known as Indian Territory). The paper was written in the Shawnee alphabet created by Johnston Lykins, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee Indians. The newspaper lists John Gill Pratt as publisher. The original paper copy of this issue is held by the LaBudde Special Collections Department, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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