• Princess Atalie Unkalunt, Cherokee Prima Donna

    13 days ago - By Smithsonian

    Atalie Unkalunt , Princess Atalie Unkalunt Collection, NMAI.AC.117, P23888
    The National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center holds various collections of notable Native American individuals. One such individual is Princess Atalie Unkalunt, nee Iva J. Rider, (1895 - 1954), a Cherokee opera singer, actress, artist, author, and community activist. Also known as Sunshine Rider, Atalie was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma, to Thomas L. Rider , a state senator and chairman of Indian affairs, and Josephine Pace Rider. As a child attending Indian schools, Atalie saw the need for a cultural...
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