History of the Winneshiek's:
Chief Winneshiek's All Indian Band


Photo taken at the J. Reiley Crippled Children's Hospital at Indianapolis, IN, April 7, 1937.
Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA. Reproduction of photo is forbidden without written permission of the Society.


Photo taken at the entrance to the Million Dollar Pier at Atlantic City, NJ.
Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA. Reproduction of photo is forbidden without written permission of the Society.

Following are photographs of bass drum used in the sixteen-piece band:






Correspondence dated May 5, 1937 from NahiSonwahika announcing the band will be playing at Carlisle. Source: Carlisle Indian Industrial School Manuscripts:
"PI 1-1 Letter from W.P. Winneshiek to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. L. Whistler of Carlisle, Pa. May 5, 1937.
Former Carlisle student. Founder of Chief Winneshiek’s Indian Band. He is touring the country with a sixteen-piece band. There are three ex-Carlisle students in the band. Have been working steadily and plan to return and play at Carlisle. The reverse of the letter has a flyer that advertises the all-Indian band along with several others as part of an advertisement for Conn Band Instruments.
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