Finding Aid to the Chief Dan Katchongva Collection MS.502

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2013


Title: Chief Dan Katchongva Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.502
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (3 folders, 1 oversized folder)
Date (inclusive): 1970-1971
Abstract: Chief Dan Katchongva (1860-1972) was born in Old Oraibi, Arizona. He was a tradional leader and Hopi Chief at Hotevilla, Arizona. This collection consists of material primarily created between 1970-1971. They include photocopies of correspondence from Chief Dan Katchongva to tribal, church, and government leaders; press clippings; and posters related to unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings near Prescott, Arizona and its relation to a Hopi prophecy.
creator: Katchongva, Dan, Chief

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Biographical/Historical note

Chief Dan Katchongva, birth 1860 January 1 and death 1972 February 22, was born in Old Oraibi, Arizona. He was a tradional leader and Hopi Chief at Hotevilla, Arizona.

Scope and contents

This collections consists of photocopies of correspondence from Chief Dan Katchongva to tribal, church, and government leaders; press clippings; and posters. The press clippings and posters relate to unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings near Prescott, Arizona and its relation to a Hopi prophecy.
In the letters, Katchongva demands return of stolen lands, opposes the Hopi Tribal Council and the Peabody Coal Company, and describes true Hopi religion and warns of the "Great Day of Purification" coming soon. All letters written and signed via Katchongva's secretary, Nonnie Skidmore.

Preferred citation

Chief Dan Katchongva Collection, 1970-1971, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.502; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Related Archival Materials note

Hopi Prophecies Collection, 1961-1974, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1136.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998
Hermequaftewa, Andrew, d. 1961
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Peabody Coal Company (Flagstaff, Ariz.).
Steiger, Sam, 1929-2012
United States. Indian Claims Commission.
Albuquerque Journal
Booklets
Clippings
Correspondence
Hopi Action News
Hopi Indians -- Land tenure
Hopi Indians -- Religion
Indian land transfers
Photocopies
Posters
Prescott (Ariz.)
Prescott Courier
Unidentified flying objects -- Folklore
Unidentified flying objects -- Religious aspects
Winslow (Ariz.)

 

Correspondence from Chief Katchongva to community and government leaders 1970-1971

Scope and contents

All correspondence in this folder are photocopies.
Folder 1

Mr. Cox, acting Commissioner Bureau of Indian Affairs 1970 December 27

Folder 1

Roger Morton, Department of Interior 1970 December 27

Folder 1

Frisco Johnson, Hopi Tribal Council 1970 December 29

Folder 1

Peter McDonald, Chairman Navajo Tribal Council 1970 December 30

Folder 1

John S. Boyden, attorney Hopi Tribal Council 1970 December 31

Folder 1

Joseph F. Smith, President Latter Day Saints 1971 January 5

creator: Smith, Joseph Fielding, 1876-1972
Folder 1

Richard Nixon, United States President 1971 January 5

Folder 1

David Kennedy, State Department Roving Ambassador 1971 January 6

Folder 1

Honorable Chairman Indian Claims Commissioner 1971 January 8

Folder 1

Councilman Honanie, Hopi Tribal Council 1971 January 10

Folder 1

J. Edgar Hoover 1971 January 11

Folder 1

J.C. Montford, Plant Manager, Peabody Coal Company 1971 January 14

Folder 1

Logan Koupee, Hopi Tribal Council 1971 January 15

Folder 1

Senator Sam Stieger 1971 January 15

Folder 1

Senator Barry Goldwater 1971 January 16

Folder 1

Legrand Richards, Latter Day Saints 1971 January 20

Folder 1

Senator Wallace Bennett 1971 January 21

Folder 1

Oswald Wild Bear Fredericks, author 1971 January 22

Folder 1

Warren E. Burger , Chief Justice 1971 January 26

Folder 1

Abbott Secaquaptewa, editor of Hopi Action News 1971 January 26

Folder 1

Homer Gilliland, Superintendent Bureau of Indian Affairs 1971 January 27

Folder 1

Thomas Banyuca, Hopi "traitor" 1971 February 8

Folder 1

U. Thant, United Nations Secretary 1971 February 8

Folder 1

John Lansa 1971 March 3

 

Press Clippings and Ephemera

Access

An item-level inventory of the articles is available from library staff.

Location note

Posters and oversized articles located in "MS Oversized", Box 2.
Folder 2

Prescott Courier articles 1971 March-October

Location note

Articles from August 10, 12, 21 and September 17 in "MS Oversized", Box 2.
Folder 2

Hopi Action News articles 1970 September

Location note

Article from September 17 in "MS Oversized", Box 2.
Folder 2

The New Mexican article 1970 October 11

Folder 2

Albuquerque Journal article 1970 October 10

 

Prescott Courier special edition issue 1971 Spring

 

Posters about Hopi prophecy and flying saucer meetings undated

Location note

In "MS Oversized", Box 2.
Folder 3

Thomas Banyacya reprinted letter 1970 June

Scope and contents

Letter is addressed to "M. Muller-Fricken (White Star)" in Franfurt Germany. The reprint was made in 1970. The original letter was created 1961 January 12 from the Independent Hopi Nation, Hotevilla, Arizona.