Alice Fletcher was born in Cuba in 1838, later moving to Brooklyn, New York with her family. Once grown, she was a teacher for a while, and then received informal anthropological training.
While single and 40, and without any knowledge of Native American language, she began research and arranged to live with the Omaha Indians of Nebraska to learn their way of life.
During the next four decades, she recorded and published accounts of their rituals, music, dance, and social life – and collected artifacts for the Peabody Museum.
She was assisted by Jane Gay – her life-long companion – and her own informally-adopted Native American son, Francis La Flesche.
Upon Alice’s death at age 85, she left behind a treasure trove of professional writings, but unfortunately had destroyed her most personal papers.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is hosting the “Truthful History Heals” exhibit, an artistic re-imagining of Monument Avenue and other historical markers into more accurate representations of history. “Truthful History Heals” was curated by Beth Marschak, a life-long LGBTQ activist and Chair of the Board at Diversity Richmond. ”It started out because I was [...]