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Delores Harragarra Collection

Identifier: NALC-DHA
Delores Toyebo Harragarra of Carnegie, Oklahoma, is a member of the Kiowa Nation and the mother of powwow photographer Lester Harragarra. Her late-husband, Kenneth, was a World War II veteran and Tribal Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria tribe.

In 1951, Delores graduated from the University of Oklahoma – one of the first Kiowas ever to do so. In 2004, she partnered with more than 100 performers for the album “Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages Presented by the National Museum of the American Indian,” produced by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. In 2007, she partnered with the Sam Noble Museum's Native American Languages division to establish the Delores Harragarra Collection.

The collection features over 200 hours of audio recordings documenting nine languages within the Algonquian, Athabaskan, Kiowa-Tanoan and Siouan-Catawban language families. The materials include songs and dances in Cheyenne, Chippewa, Crow, Dakota, Iowa-Oto, Kiowa-Apache, Northern Tiwa, Ponca and Tewa, with some English. The recordings feature the voices of the Tallbird Family, S. Redcloud, A. Water, E. Redcloud, Wm. H. Cloud, J. Leonard, S. Bombay, R. Graves, Warren Bear Cloud, John Strong Enemy, Lewis Toyebo and Kenneth Harragarra.


  • 2000

Language of Materials

The collection materials are in Cheyenne, Chippewa, Crow, Dakota, Iowa-Oto, Kiowa, Northern Tiwa, Ponca, Tewa and English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection consists of materials with sensitive content. Some restrictions apply. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or


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An audio collection featuring more than 200 hours of songs and dances from nine Algonquian, Athabaskan, Kiowa-Tanoan and Siouan-Catawban languages.

Repository Details

Part of the Native American Languages Collection Repository