I was doing some Native American research in GenealogyBank’s Historical Documents and Records collection recently, and made this great find: photos of Watt Sam, his wife Mary (Proctor) Sam and their child.
Watt Sam (1876-1944) was one of the last two native speakers of the Natchez language, along with his cousin Nancy Raven (1872-1957).
Here is the photo of Watt Sam, shown holding a bow and arrow. The photograph was taken by anthropologist John R. Swanton in 1908 in Braggs, Oklahoma, where Swanton was working with Watt Sam.
Here is the photo of his wife Mary (Proctor) Sam and their child.
In that same old document, I found this map showing where the Natchez Tribe had historically been located.
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