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Alexander Posey - Selected Archive Items

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[1121] Harper's Weekly, Scenes and Incidents of the Settlement of Oklahoma [Land Rush pictures] (1889),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-96521].
These illustrations from Harper's Weekly, May 18, 1889, are titled (from top to bottom): The arrival of the first train at Guthrie--The head of the line outside of the Guthrie land-office on the opening day--The Guthrie post-office.

[5168] Russell Lee, Street scene, Muskogee, Oklahoma (1939),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF33-012332-M3 DLC].
Alexander Posey attended the Bacone Indian University in Muskogee. In his life as in his writing, Posey confronted the forms and traditions of European American culture while commenting on the difficult social and political issues facing the Creek Indians.

[5569] Anonymous, Indian teams hauling 60 miles to market the 1100 bushels of wheat raised by the school (c. 1900),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration [NWDNS-75-SE-39A].
Government attempts to "civilize" or assimilate Native Americans included the use of boarding schools and model colonies where Indians could learn farming or manufacturing techniques. This photo is from the Seger Colony in the Oklahoma Territory.

[6823] F. W. Greenough, Se-Quo-Yah [Sequoyah] (c. 1836),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZC4-4815].
Half-length portrait of Sequoyah, dressed in a blue robe, holding a tablet that shows the Cherokee alphabet. Sequoyah developed a Cherokee syllabary that enabled his people to write in their own language.

[8508] Alexander Posey, "Ode to Sequoyah" (1910),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [10022763].
Posey dedicated this ode to Sequoyah, the Cherokee who created a syllabary that enabled his tribe to record its language in written form. An ode (from the Greek aeidein, to sing, chant) is a poem that celebrates language and investigates its power to combat mortality and the ravages of time.

[9068] Alexander Posey, Letter 16 of the Fus Fixico letters (1903),
courtesy of the Reed College Library.
Posey offers humorous political and social commentary from a Native American perspective through the characters in his Fus Fixico Letters. In letter 16, Fus Fixico satirizes the policies of the Roosevelt Administration.

[9069] Alexander Posey, Letter 18 of the Fus Fixico letters (1903),
courtesy of the Reed College Library.
In letter 18, Fus Fixico comments on U.S. Indian policy and the propaganda that supported it. Fus Fixico uses humor to address governmental policies that essentially stripped Native Americans of their cultural heritage.

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