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  • Claudia Sherman

    Esther Louise Georgette Deer, Iroquois (Mohawk), ca. 1921. Deer was a performer who went by the stage name of Princess White Deer as part of the family act "The Famous Deer Brothers," which toured the United States, Europe and South Africa. During World War I, and at least until 1927, Deer performed as part of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. She was also involved in lobbying for the recognition of the rights for Native Americans in the U.S.

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    Ziegfeld Girl: Princess White Deer

  • Dawn Stauss

    Mohawk indian princess... like me!!Princess White Deer Performed in the 1927 Ziegfeld 9 O’Clock Frolic. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of April 1921. Born Esther Louise Georgette Deer of Chief James Deer and Georgette Osborne Deer (Iroquois Tribe, Mohawk - Akwesasne people of the St. Lawrence Seaway region) in 1891. She is now called the first American Indian to gain fame as a dancer and vocalist.

  • Shari Lynne Hawkins

    Princess White Deer performed in the 1927 Ziegfeld 9 O’Clock Frolic. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of April 1921. Born Esther Louise Georgette Deer of Chief James Deer and Georgette Osborne Deer (Iroquois Tribe, Mohawk - Akwesasne people of the St. Lawrence Seaway region) in 1891. She is now called the first Native American Indian to gain fame as a dancer and vocalist.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American woman physician in the United States, was born in 1865. She founded the Picotte Memorial Hospital, which was built in 1913. The hospital, located on the Omaha Reservation, was the first hospital for a Native American reservation not funded by the US government. nwhm.org | National Women's History Museum | #WomensHistory #SusanPicotte

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Princess White Deer Performed in the 1927 Ziegfeld 9 O’Clock Frolic. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of April 1921. Born Esther Louise Georgette Deer of Chief James Deer and Georgette Osborne Deer (Iroquois Tribe, Mohawk - Akwesasne people of the St. Lawrence Seaway region) in 1891. She is now called the first American Indian to gain fame as a dancer and vocalist.

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Madeline La Framboise - French and Native American woman who was one of the most successful fur traders in what would become the state of Michigan.

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Singing Beauty, a Crow woman, poses outdoors by a tepee near Sheridan, Wyoming. She wears a dress decorated with elk teeth, leather belt and bead necklaces. c.1900.

Pretty Nose, a Cheyenne woman. Photographed in 1878 at Fort Keogh by L. A. Huffman.

Mrs Thunder Bear, the famous interpreter among the Sioux 1891.

Hopi Woman.

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Rosella Hightower - famous Native American ballerina.

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photo by Gertrude Käsebier -- Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938) was a Yankton Sioux woman of Native American & white mixed ancestry. She was well educated and went on to become an author, musician, composer and later went on to work for the reform of Indian policies in the United States.

Marie Dorion - Native American woman who led men to the Oregon Territory. While she followed Sacajawea by six years, Dorion's journey was longer and more difficult. The image is of Marie Dorion's trail marker on the Oregon Trail.

LaDonna Harris -stateswoman and actvist from the Comanche tribe. Harris is president of Americans for Indian Opportunity. She also help found leading national Native American organizations such as National Indian Housing Council, Council of Energy Resource Tribes, and National Indian Business Association.

Susette LaFlesche Tibbles - writer, speaker, interpreter and artist from the Omaha tribe. She spoke out for Native American rights and wrote several works on Native American culture.