Richard W. Shunatona [RG1382.AM]


RG1382.AM:  Richard W. Shunatona, 1876-ca. 1924

Letters:  1922 and 1924
Pawnee, Oklahoma:  Musician
Size:  Two items


Richard William Shunatona, a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, was born November 7, 1876, in Nebraska.  He married Jennie G. Bayhylle in Kay, Oklahoma, on June 6, 1896.  In the 1910 census Shunatona is listed as a bookkeeper in Red Rock, Oklahoma, and he and Jennie had six children.  By 1920 the Shunatona family had relocated to Pawnee City, Oklahoma, where Richard was still a bookkeeper and the family now had eight children.  By the early 1920s Shunatona was a member of the The Four Americans, an Indian male quartet.  He appeared later with The Indian Jazz Revue.  Shunatona probably died in the mid-1920s, although it is unclear when.  His gravestone records a death date of January 6, 1923, but a letter in this collection from him is dated October 15, 1924.


This collection consists of two letters from Richard W. Shunatona to Nebraska State Historical Society superintendent A.E. Sheldon.  The first letter, February 9, 1922, discusses the meaning of the word Wyuka.  The second letter, October 15, 1924, asks Sheldon to make arrangements for engagements for Shunatona’s group, The Indian Jazz Revue.


Envelope containing two letters from Richard W. Shunatona/Chief Shunatona to A.E. Sheldon, February 9, 1922 and October 14, 1924


Subject headings:

Indian musicians — United States
Indians of North America — Music
Shunatona, Richard W., 1876-ca. 1924

AIF         08-10-2018

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