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Fletcher, Alice Cunningham

Born: 1838 AD
Died: 1923 AD
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.