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Fletcher, Alice Cunningham

Born: 1838 AD
Died: 1923 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Anthropologist


1838 - Alice Cunningham Fletcher was born in Havana, Cuba on March 15th. American anthropologist whose stature as a social scientist, notably for her pioneer studies of Native American music, has overshadowed her influence on federal government Indian policies that later were considered to be unfortunate.

         - A pioneering ethnographer, theorist, prolific author, indefatigable public speaker, advocate for Native Americans, and women's rights activist - Alice Cunningham Fletcher - nicknamed by some "Her Majesty".

1873 - Cunningham Fletcher helped found the Association for the Advancement of Women.

         - Her early interests were in archaeology, and she was a member of the Archaeological Institute of America.

         - Cunningham Fletcher was appointed by Congress to oversee the allotment process of lands to Omaha, Nez Perce, and Winnebago Indians.

1876 - She became active in working for better treatment of the living Indians of the West.

1878 - Cunningham Fletcher was appointed to work with the Peabody Museum  at Harvard.

1883 - Cunningham Fletcher became a Fellow Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a founding member of the American Anthropological Association.

1890 - Awarded a life fellowship through the Peabody Museum and is the first woman to be recognized as a fellow at Harvard University.

1900 - Her most popular work was Indian Story and Song from North America.

1905 - She was the first woman president of the American Folklore Society.

1911 - The Omaha Tribe, co-authored with Francis La Flesche, an Omaha Indian was published.

1923 - Died on April 6th in Washington, D.C.


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