A report on Dennison Wheelock

Dennison Wheelock, c.1914
Brothers Dennison and James Wheelock served as bandmasters, Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, PA, c.1885
The collaborative effort between Dickinson College and Carlisle Indian School lasted almost four decades, from the opening day to the closing of the school. Old West, Dickinson College, 1810
Dickinson College provided Carlisle Indian School students with access to preparatory and college-level education, and Dickinson professors served as chaplains and special faculty to the Indian School.
Dennison Wheelock's Bandstand, Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, PA, 1901
The Carlisle Indian Band performed at world fairs, expositions and every at national presidential inaugural celebration until the school closed. Carlisle, PA, 1915
Carlisle Indian Students at the Centennial of the Constitution Parade, Philadelphia, PA, 1887
The Carlisle Indian Band earned an international reputation. Carlisle Indian School Band and Battalion. Carlisle, PA, c. 1911
Wheelock drew 70,000 people to a concert at Willow Grove Park, Pennsylvania, and was awarded a gold medal and a silver cup for his brilliant conducting.
First Inaugural Parade of Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1905. President Roosevelt waved his hat and members of the President's box rose to their feet to see the six famous Native American chiefs in full regalia on horseback, followed by the 46-piece Carlisle Indian School Band and a brigade of 350 Carlisle Cadets.
Chief James Wheelock's Band
On March 28, 1900, Wheelock and the US Indian Band performed at Carnegie Hall and debuted his three part symphony titled "Aboriginal Suite." Carnegie Hall, New York City
In 1900, the Republican Guard Band of France played the Aboriginal Suite in tribute to Wheelock in absence of the Carlisle Indian Band at the Paris Exposition.
Carlisle Indian School March, 1896
The first conference of the Society of American Indians, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1911
Wheelock was among 50 founders of the Society of American Indians, the first national American Indian rights organization developed and run by American Indians.
Wheelock represented Native American tribal nations before the US Court of Claims and the US Supreme Court.
Dennison Wheelock's Bandstand, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
U.S. Indian Band serenades U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis, Washington, DC, 1929
In 1900, the Republican Guard Band of France played the Aboriginal Suite in tribute to Wheelock in absence of the Carlisle Indian Band at the Paris Exposition.

Oneida band conductor, composer, and cornet soloist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Dennison Wheelock, c.1914

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The Carlisle Indian School was a well-spring of Pan-Indianism.

Society of American Indians

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The first national American Indian rights organization run by and for American Indians.

The first national American Indian rights organization run by and for American Indians.

The Carlisle Indian School was a well-spring of Pan-Indianism.
Rev. Sherman Coolidge
Dr. Carlos Montezuma
Dr. Charles A. Eastman
Dr. Fayette Avery McKenzie
Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker
Laura Cornelius Kellogg
The Society of American Indians, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Inaugural Conference, 1911
Dennison Wheelock
Chauncey Yellow Robe
Angel De Cora
Gertrude Simmons Bonnin
John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt
Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin
Charles R. Doxon
Rosa La Flesche
Charles Edwin Dagenett
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Dr. Fayette Avery McKenzie
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The Society of American Indians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1914
The Society of American Indians, 3rd Annual Conference, A group of members on excursion at Wildcat Point, near Denver, Colorado, October 15, 1913
Society of American Indians, Washington, D.C., 1914
Hon. Charles D. Carter
Red Fox James at White House, 1915
The Society of American Indians, 5th Annual Conference, Engineering Hall, Kansas University, October 1, 1915
Wassaja, April 1916
Peyote ceremony tipi
Francis La Flesche, first Native American anthropologist, Smithsonian Institution
President Calvin Coolidge presented with a book written by G. E. E. Linquist titled "The Red Man In The United States" (1919). Ruth Muskrat Bronson (center) making the presentation on behalf of "The Committee of One Hundred" with Rev. Sherman Coolidge (right), December, 1923.
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
Carlisle alumni, founding conference of the National Congress of American Indians, 1944
John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt

On June 21 and 22, 1911, the Temporary Executive Committee met at the home of Laura Cornelius Kellogg in Seymour, Wisconsin, attended by prominent Oneida attorneys Chester Poe Cornelius and Dennison Wheelock.

Carlisle Indian School logo

Carlisle Indian Industrial School

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The flagship Indian boarding school in the United States from 1879 through 1918.

The flagship Indian boarding school in the United States from 1879 through 1918.

Carlisle Indian School logo
From 1879 until 1918, over 10,000 Native American children from 140 tribes attended Carlisle.
Carlisle Indian School pennant, school song, motto and yell. "Min-ni-wa-ka! Ka-wa-wi! Woop her up! Woop her up! Who are we? Carlisle! Carlisle!! Carlisle!!!
Pratt with a young student.
Lieutenant Pratt and Southern Plains veterans of the Red River War at Fort Marion, Florida, 1875. Several of these later attended college.
Luther Standing Bear (Oglala Lakota) at Carlisle Indian School, c. 1879
As a condition to enrollment of their children, Pratt promised to allow tribal leaders to inspect the school soon after it opened. The first group of inspectors, some 40 Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota chiefs representing nine Missouri River reservations or agencies, visited Carlisle in June 1880. Chief Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota, at Carlisle, June 1880
American Horse at Carlisle, 1882, with his daughter Maggie Stands Looking with other Indian students and teachers. Maggie Stands Looking was one of Captain Pratt's model students.
Between 1899 and 1904, Carlisle issued thirty to forty-five degrees a year. "Educating the Indian Race. Graduating Class of Carlisle, PA." ca. 1890s
The people of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 
signed a petition in favor of the proposed school
The collaborative effort between Dickinson College and Carlisle Indian School lasted almost four decades, from the opening day to the closing of the school. Old West, Dickinson College, 1810
Dickinson College provided Carlisle Indian Industrial School students with access to preparatory and college level education, and Dickinson professors served as chaplains and special faculty to the Indian School.
Wanamaker Store, Philadelphia. John Wanamaker told the assembled Carlisle School that he employed as many as one thousand people in his establishment and never promoted anyone as rapidly as Luther Standing Bear. Later, as United States Postmaster General, Wanamaker established a Post Office in Kyle, South Dakota at Luther's request.
"Twenty five Indians from the Carlisle Indian College, Pennsylvania, are learning to build ships in the greatest shipyard in the world at Hog Island, Philadelphia", 1918
Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show performed in Carlisle on June 24, 1898.
Dr. Carlos Montezuma was drawn to the noble experiment at Carlisle, and served as resident physician from 1895 to 1897.
Dr. Charles Eastman was a frequent visitor and lecturer at Carlisle. 1897
In 1893, over two million patrons saw Buffalo Bill's Wild West show perform during the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. During the Progressive Era, from the late 19th century until the onset of World War I, Native American performers were major draws and money-makers.
In 1904, the Carlisle Indian Band performed during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis at the Pennsylvania state pavilion, while the Haskell Indian Band performed a mixture of classical, popular music and Dennison Wheelock's "Aboriginal Suite" which included Native dances and war whoops by band members.
First Inaugural Parade of 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, March 4, 1905. President Roosevelt vigorously waived his hat and all in the President's box rose to their feet to behold the powerful imagery of the six famous Native American chiefs on horseback adorned with face paint and elaborate feather headdresses, followed by the 46-piece Carlisle Indian School Band and a brigade of 350 Carlisle Cadets at arms.
Samuel American Horse was a "Carlisle Wild Wester". Since 1887, "Wild Westing" has been family tradition with many Pine Ridge families. Gertrude Käsebier, c. 1900
Luther Standing Bear (Oglala Lakota), Pratt's model student, was attracted to "Wild Westing" for the adventure, pay, and opportunity. Standing Bear is notable as a 20th-century Native American author, educator, philosopher and actor.
Tom Torlino, Navajo, before and after. Photograph from the Richard Henry Pratt Papers, Yale University. Circa 1882
Chiricahua Apaches as they arrived at Carlisle from Fort Marion, Florida 1886
Before and after "contrast" photos were sent to officials in Washington, potential charitable donors, and to reservations to recruit new students. Pratt's powerful photographs showing quick results helped persuade Washington that he was doing vital work. "Chiricahua Apaches Four Months After Arriving at Carlisle", Carlisle, Pennsylvania, undated
Carlisle Students in School Uniform Exercising Inside Gymnasium; Some with Indian Clubs, Others with Gymnastic Equipment; Non-Native Group Watching, 1879
The Carlisle Arrow and Red Man, school publication
Young women students at gym class, 1880
Susan Longstreth Literary Society, 1895
Jim Thorpe in his "Carlisle Indians" football uniform. c. 1909
The 1911 "Carlisle Indians" football team pose with a game ball from the upset of Harvard. Coach "Pop" Warner (standing, third from right) and Jim Thorpe (seated, third from right) are pictured.
Albert Exendine was a graduate of the Carlisle Indian School and the Dickinson School of Law. c. 1905
Frank Mount Pleasant was the first Carlisle Indian School student to graduate from Dickinson College, 1912
Gus Welch graduated from the Dickinson School of Law and served as a Second Lieutenant under Gen. John J. Pershing in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I
The Carlisle Indian Band performed at world fairs, expositions and at every national presidential inaugural celebration until the school closed - Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1915
Carlisle Indian Students at the Centennial of the Constitution Parade - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1887
The Carlisle Indian Band earned an international reputation. Carlisle Indian School Band and Battalion - Carlisle, Pennsylvania, c. 1911
Angel De Cora (Ho-Chunk) taught arts at Carlisle
Angel De Cora and Lone Star Dietz cover art and illustrations for Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1911
Buffalo Hunt, ledger art, by Baldwin Blue Horse (Oglala Lakota), Carlisle, c. 1880
Leupp Art Studio, Carlisle, 1907
Jim Thorpe Sports Day is the biggest annual extracurricular event at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
In 1918, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School closed and the old historic Carlisle Barracks temporarily became U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 31 to treat soldiers wounded in World War I.
The Red Man, The Carlisle Indian Press (1910)

The Carlisle Indian Band earned an international reputation under a talented Oneida musician, Dennison Wheelock, who became noted as its leader, composer and compiler of modified Native airs.

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Oneida people

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The Oneida people (autonym: Onʌyoteˀa·ká·, Onyota'a:ka, the People of the Upright Stone, or standing stone, Thwahrù·nęʼ in Tuscarora) are a Native American tribe and First Nations band.

The Oneida people (autonym: Onʌyoteˀa·ká·, Onyota'a:ka, the People of the Upright Stone, or standing stone, Thwahrù·nęʼ in Tuscarora) are a Native American tribe and First Nations band.

Flag of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Flag of Oneida Indian Nation of New York
Flag of the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation of Canada

Dennison Wheelock, composer, conductor and cornet soloist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

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Federally recognized tribe of Oneida people in Wisconsin.

Federally recognized tribe of Oneida people in Wisconsin.

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Flag
Road entering the Oneida Reservation in Oneida, Wisconsin
A water tower for the Oneida Nation in Oneida, Wisconsin
Map depicting the area that makes up the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin in 2016
A women's dance and ceremonial collar, made in traditional style by Oneida artist Karen Ann Hoffman, ca. 2007. In the collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Dennison Wheelock, composer, conductor and cornet soloist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.