National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians
|Location||Anadarko, Oklahoma, United States|
|Visitors||ca. 400,000 per year|
The National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians (also known as American Indian Hall of Fame), established in 1952 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, is part of a complex representing American Indian life. Nearby is Indian City USA (an outdoor ethnographic museum with authentic reconstructions of Native American dwellings and extensive displays of artifacts). The National Hall of Fame has bronze busts mounted outdoors. The Hall of Fame, which has free admission and is staffed by volunteers, features busts of forty-one Native Americans from various tribes to honor their contributions and place in American history.
Also in Anadarko is the Southern Plains Indian Museum, which features highly skilled arts and crafts of contemporary and historic artists from both the traditional Plains tribes, as well as other American Indians relocated to present-day Oklahoma in the nineteenth century, such as the Lenape, Caddo and Five Civilized Tribes. The museum was established in 1947 and features changing exhibits and sales of art.
American Indians inducted into the Hall have included figures nationally known who never lived in Indian Territory, as well as those associated with Oklahoma during their lives. Among the American Indians inducted into the Hall have been
- Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee syllabary
- Charles Curtis, politician and vice-president of the United States
- Jim Thorpe, athlete and Olympic gold-medal winner
Other figures include war chiefs from the Indian wars:
There are also busts of Stand Watie and John Ross, Cherokee chiefs who took different sides in the American Civil War, Confederate and Union, respectively. Another military figure is Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, the highest-ranking army officer of Indian ancestry.
Four women, spanning colonial, nineteenth century and contemporary times, were also inducted:
- Pocahontas, ally of Jamestown settlers and wife of John Rolfe
- Sacajawea, interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Roberta Lawson, Oklahoma Lenape-Scots leader of women's clubs and educational institutions, president of General Federation of Women's Clubs, with two million members
- Alice Brown Davis, first woman elected as Principal Chief of the Seminole Tribe.
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- Victor J. Danilov. Hall of Fame Museums, p. 182
- "Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma", Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Dept. of Interior
- GuyB, "National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians", Flickr, photos of each bust