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Real Native GeniusHow an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians$
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Angela Pulley Hudson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624433

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624433.001.0001

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Becoming Professional Indians

Becoming Professional Indians

The Eastern Debut of Okah Tubbee and Laah Ceil

(p.93) Chapter Four Becoming Professional Indians
Real Native Genius

Angela Pulley Hudson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the rise and fall of the McCarys' fortunes from 1847–50, as they transitioned from minor sectarian leaders to celebrated Indian performers, but then suffered a series of personal and financial setbacks. Taking the stage in Eastern cities, Okkah Tubbee performed as a Choctaw flutist “torn from his tribe when a boy,” while his eloquent Indian wife, Laah Ceil, performed concerts with oratorical interludes. Laah Ceil played an ever-growing role in shaping their Indian show, including the production of the first edition of their autobiography published in 1848. Although they had become famous in the East, their fortunes changed when they traveled west for the birth of their son Mosholeh and faced theft and ostracism. These hardships motivated the couple to again return to the East, leaving Laah Ceil's older children behind, and to remake themselves as purveyors of “real Indian medicine” and to become doctors.

Keywords:   McCarys, Indian show, Choctaw flutist, Okkah Tubbee, Laah Ceil, Indian medicine

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