The Shawnee Indians: Their Customs, Their Traditions and Folk-Lore

The Shawnee Indians: Their Customs, Their Traditions and Folk-Lore

Written by: James R. Carselowey, Journalist

April 26, 1938

Indian pioneer papers, 1860-1935. (Millwood, New York: Kraus Microform, 1989).

The University of Oklahoma: Digital Library

James R. Carselowey wrote several articles for the Indian Pioneer Papers.  The above referenced article written in 1938 focuses on stories, traditions learned for those who lived among the Shawnee after they made their move out of Kansas from 1868-1871.


“Some of the leaders, including three ex-chiefs of the Shawnee Tribe, together with a small band of others came down to the territory as early as 1868, selected their land and went back for a time.  The three chiefs: Charles Rogers, Johnson Blackfeather, Cyrus Cornatzer.”


The Indian-Pioneer Papers oral history collection spans from 1861 to 1936. It includes typescripts of interviews conducted during the 1930s by government workers (Works Progress Administration (WPA) writers’ project grant) with thousands of Oklahomans regarding the settlement of Oklahoma and Indian territories, as well as the condition and conduct of life there. Consisting of approximately 80,000 entries, the index to this collection may be accessed via personal name, place name, or subject.

Carselowey Family History


Family History Center
University of Oklahoma

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