Richard W. Shunatona [RG1382.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



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



Letters:  1922 and 1924

Pawnee, Oklahoma:  Musician

Size:  Two items



BACKGROUND NOTE



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.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



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.



INVENTORY



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

Wyuka



 



AIF         08-10-2018

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