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Plate 656: Henry-Wichita

Plate 656: Henry-Wichita


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate

Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.300


Did you know?

White settlers sometimes found the names of Native Americans difficult to pronounce, so the colonizers often gave them “incongruous English names,” according to Edward S. Curtis.


The first official usage of the name “Wichita” for the Wichita, Waco, and Tawkoni people appears in the American-Wichita treaty Camp Holmes of 1835, near the present-day site of Lexington, Oklahoma. Now these natives use the term Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, which includes the Wichita, Waco, Keechi, and Tawakoni. The 1835 treaty recognized the tribes’ right to their traditional homeland. Nonetheless, the following year the establishment of the Texas Republic brought many white settlers who encroached on their lands.

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