Check out this circa 1950s footage from Indian City, USA

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 9th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 9th, 2014

From the Oklahoma Historical Society Film and Video Archives: Color film with audio of various Native dances including; The Snake dance, the Rabbit Dance, the Round dance, the Chief dance (Kiowa), the Hoop dance (Navajo), the Eagle dance, the Shield dance, the slow war dance, the war dance and Aztec from Mexico City.

Home » Native American Articles » Native American Culture » Check out this circa 1950s footage from Indian City, USA

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jay Upchurch

Mr. Moss, I also have one of your grandfather’s paintings on felt … entitled “Silver Buffalo.” I will send you a photo. Jay U.

John T. Moss Spirit Caddo Nation

My Grandfather Artist/Actor Chief Silvermoon (WhiteMoon)Michael James Martin has/had the majority of paintings in the Museum now or last I heard the Kiowa Own Indian City and we tried several times with our 501c3 to see how cultural support dollars can be secured or funding with tourism with self-sustainable R.O.I. Thousands of my own money spent trying to revive some business or industry in the area… We all need to work together towards this means! Aho! See our site for your Nations to see how we may help. CashCommunityDevelopment. org

stephen thomas

I have 3 of your grandfathers paintings on felt. 2 pictures of flowers and one of an indian chief on horse with red sky in background . Would you be interested in seeing them. Located in condo downtown OKC .

John T. Moss

Yes, I would love to see them if you could take photos and send them to me to look at that would be so appreciated [email protected] my number is 949-287-4687 and if you know of anyone else with any of his works please ask them to reach me as well. Blessings! John T. Moss

Stephanie Roehl

Mr Moss,
My husband and I also have one of your grandfather’s paintings. An oil on canvas, of a brave and his horse drinking water from a stream. It was given to my husband’s great grandmother Ortha (Stone) Dugger as a wedding gift. I will email you a photo of it as well.

Hi John Moss your father Chief Silver Moon became my guide last Friday. I had never seen or heard of him before but he gave me his name. Along with a vision of me and him nose to nose. He released smoke from his nose to mine. He painted my hands and held them to my face. He was pure love. I just wanted you to know. I looked him up on Google half thinking he wasn’t really and there he was. I have no knowledge of native Indian culture so when I found him and you it moved me to tears. I hope this message finds you well and reassures you that your father is very much still around.
Kind regards to you and your family.
If you could share any information about Silver Moon it would mean the world to me. I paint to. Angels. I would love to see some of his work if u have photos. From Manchester UK.
Much love and happiness to you
Bernadette Silcock

Jay Heno

Hoop dance originated with the Pueblos, not Navajos.

Vee Torp

This is not fake!! I have actual pictures of my father, and yes this was in the 50’s, my father is the hoop dancer and the eagle dance right after the hoop dancing. Harvey Keyonnie

Nancy Kemler

Powwows help keep American tribal dance and dress traditions alive! Here in Montana we always have a Powwow going someplace. Love the drummers and women Shawl dancers. I enjoy traditional Indian not so much the modern fancy dance.This web site brings a lot of beauty and history to Americans!


The modern day pow wow has nothing to to with traditional culture, the pow wow is a modern day invention which started around the 1950’s. Because of “intertribalism” the pow wow has become the main identity of contemporary native culture. There is a term in anthropology called “the invention of tradition”… people think that pow wow is some ancient form of native culture, they have invented this “tradition” but if you listen to elders you will find out that pow wow has nothing to do with traditional culture, pow wows is actually destroying traditional culture

Biizh Kwe

1950’s my a**! This is a fake!

Roy Garcia

Are there any pow wows that in Louisiana. I live in north Louisiana and 1/4 Cheerokee

Paul G

Look here – Pow Wows in Louisiana.


Just a comment. This looks too good to be from the date you claim it is. In color? And the detail is too good for that time frame to video. I have viewed many older videos before the 1960s and they would be grainy and not in color. Did someone use the same technology as Disney did with Wizard of Ox?

Susan Steele

I’m trying to find out more on my Great Grandpa’s side his Grandma was from the Powhatan Tribe of Algonquian and a paper said she was Cherokee how can that be? And does the Powhatan Tribe of Algonquian still around? His Grandma’s last name was Donahue before she married.I have always felt out of place till I went to a gathering and I felt like I was where I was supose to be.I believe in so much of what I have been learning from the post and stuff here.You are all feel like you are my family.To me the gatherings is like a family reunion I even got up and danced in the circle.And it was so great.How can I come home though with me still being part white,my heart beats my Native American heart.And it hurts me so bad of what the white people has done to this land and to the real Native Americans,what can I do? Thank you for listening to me means alot. And so does your opions.

David D Allman

I have felt the same way for as long as I can remember . my mother was adopted , our heritage comes from her mother . being Cherokee ,ok . there is a question that has been on my mind for a long time . my mother said that the Cherokee were sent to a place called nine holes in South Carolina , the trail of tears , ok, my understanding is that was a Kiowa rez. if so , what was the Kiowa this far East . me I don’t care if im more this or that ! I feel at home at the pow wows and other Native American events that I am able to attend . and that’s what matters the most . but I would love to learn more …

Free Email Series: What to Expect at Your First Pow Wow