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Lucy Tayiah Eads ‘Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians’

  • May 14, 2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Wichita Public Library

Historical Performance of Lucy Tayiah Eads ‘Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians’, presented by Pauline Sharp.


Pauline Sharp, a citizen of Kaw Nation and past vice-president of the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee, will share with attendees about the culture of the Kanza people, from whom Kansas took its name. Sharp will tell the story of her grandmother Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first woman Chief of the Kaw.


Lucy Tayiah Eads was born in 1888 in a tipi on the banks of Little Beaver Creak in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). She was the adopted daughter of Chief Wah-Shun-Gah who served as principal chief of the Kanza from 1885 to 1908. Lucy attended Haskell Indian School from 1901 to 1908. In 1922 Lucy was elected chief of the Kaw tribe – the first woman Chief of the Kaw. She served until 1934.


This will be held live, in the Conference Rooms at the Advanced Learning Library.


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