Snyders Archelogical Site

Snyders Archelogical Site

Snyders is the name attached to the site of an important pre-historic Indian village on a farm owned by Andrew Snyders. The site is located in Calhoun County, Illinois, five miles north of Batchtown. It’s situated at the foot of the eastern Mississippi River bluff on a sloping terrace. It covers approximately six to eight acres of the bluff-base slope. Hopewell culture burial mounds are located on top of the bluff.

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Dovetail Points

Dovetail Points

Officially known as St. Charles points, but commonly called Dovetail or Plevna points, these prehistoric artifacts are medium to large points with narrow corner or side notches defining the base or stem. The base is typically fan shaped and resembles the spread-out tail of a dove, hence the collector’s term for this form. A small number of these points have been found having a shallow basal notch.

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Lt. Col. George Pierson Buell (1833 to 1883)

Lt. Col. George Pierson Buell (1833 to 1883)

Lt. Col. George Pierson Buell (1833 to 1883) served with distinction in the 58th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia during the Civil War. Buell entered the Regular Army and served primarily on the frontier until his death by illness in 1883.


Howard, Major General Oliver Otis – Civil War

Major General Oliver Otis Howard, US Army, Civil War Veteran and Indian Treaty Negotiator

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830 to 1909) was born in Maine. He graduated 4th in his class at USMA in 1854 and became a 2nd Lieut. in the ordnance department. Howard got his first experience fighting Indians in Florida as chief ordnance officer under Gen. Harney in the Seminole Wars. He then taught mathematics at West Point, [...] Click here to continue reading.


Collection of Bill Sheka, Texas – Provenance

Collection of Bill Sheka, Texas

William A. (Bill) Sheka Jr.: Bill, a U.S. Army Veteran, has been a professional hunting and fishing guide for 30 years. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and after his military service, college, and working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, he returned to Corpus Christi and worked for Baroid Logging Systems, quickly advancing to Operations Manager and then Senior Sales Rep. Sheka realized that he wanted to guide full [...] Click here to continue reading.


Geronimo – Apache Leader

Geronimo – Apache Leader

Geronimo (Goyaale or Goyathlay) was a Chiricahua military leader who was believed by his followers to have some spiritual “powers,” such as the ability to walk without leaving tracks and to survive gunshots. He led raids on both sides of the Southwestern border, eluding capture by both the Mexican and U.S. Armies for nearly three decades. He is often considered the last “hold out,” refusing to recognize American occupation of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Yazz, Beatien (Little No Shirt or Jimmy Toddy) – Native American Artist – Navajo

Beatien Yazz (Navajo, born 1928)

Beatien Yazz, born March 5, 1928 in Arizona, is also known as Little No Shirt and Jimmy Toddy, and was a Code Talker during WWII. He has received numerous commissions, honors, and awards and his works are in many museums (Lester 1995:47).

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions September 2006


Tahoma, Quincy – Native American Artist

Quincy Tahoma (Navajo, 1921-1956)

Quincy Tahoma had a short career, and, after his tragic accidental death at the age of 35, became highly published. Tahoma attended the Albuquerque Indian School from 1936 to 1940 and the Santa Fe Indian School for post-graduate studies. His early work mostly consisted of tranquil scenes of Navajo life, but he eventually changed, and began illustrating gruesome depictions of war and hunts.

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Tafoya, Margaret – Native American Potter – Pueblo

Margaret Tafoya (1904 to 2004)

A Tewa Pueblo Indian who gained international fame for her stunning black and red pottery, Margaret Tafoya never used a potter’s wheel or other innovations. Born in 1904, she was the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo potters, who are more numerous and produce more pottery than those of any other pueblo. Her mother, Sara Fina Gutierrez Tafoya, or Autumn Leaf, was “undoubtedly the outstanding Tewa potter of her time,” [...] Click here to continue reading.


Tafoya, Agapita Silva – Native American Potter – Pueblo

Agapita Silva Tafoya (1904-1959)

Agapita Silva Tafoya (1904-1959) was the sister-in-law of Margaret Tafoya and wife of Camilio Tafoya. Although not prolific, she was mother to a family of potters, including Grace Medicine Flower. Her work was shown in the 1974 Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions Inc., March 2007


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