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Plate 681: John Quapaw-Hunta Wakunta

Plate 681: John Quapaw-Hunta Wakunta


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 2022.305


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The Quapaw tribe started out in the Midwest and Ohio Valley, were forcibly moved westward to Indian Territory in 1834, and now have a tribal base in northeastern Oklahoma.


Chief John Quapaw, also known as Húnta Wakúnta, was 66 when this portrait was made, probably near his home in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. He died the following year. A 1919 newspaper article described him as “kind, considerate, religious, a gentleman in every sense of the word.” Quapaw owned hundreds of acres of land, including lots in the city of Quapaw, Oklahoma, which was named after him. The metal badge he wears resembles those of Western sheriffs and the Texas and California Rangers, but he is not known to have been an officer of the law.

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