George Dowanna (Red Owl) Jun 14, 2011 17:47:13 GMT -5
Post by clarkkimberling on Jun 14, 2011 17:47:13 GMT -5
January 10, 1869, the Rev. Samuel Hinman wrote, was a "bright beautiful day" at the Santee Mission in Santee, Nebraska. He also wrote that "Dowanna...was writing a book which was now nearly done, a history of the religious and superstitious customs of the heathen Dakotas. He is to bring it to-morrow for me to read and revise."
Six days later, Hinman wrote, "I have been...revising Dowanna's history (which I found really very creditable)..."
I hope someone can help me learn more about George Dowanna. Here are a few questions.
(1) Does a copy of Dowanna's book exist?
(2) Online sources record that Dowanna's father was Chief Red Owl (Hehan Duta, 1813-1861) and his mother, Tatehuidewin (1813-1889). What are the documents for these names and dates?
(3) Does a photograph of George Dowanna exist?
(4) Does "Dowanna" have a literal meaning? Was George Dowanna also called George Red Owl?
(5) I have a note that George Dowanna was born 1849, died 4/8/1908, married Emma (Young?) (1850-5/30/1926) at Santee. Is this all correct, and is there more?
(6) It appears that George Dowanna was a highly gifted person. His name occurs as a co-author of a book, and his hymn, "Aya Po," of which he composed both text and tune, was published in a hymnal which is still in use...I'd be delighted to say more about this if anyone asks. His accomplishments lead one to ask about his education.