Don & Evelyn Tofpi Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Cherokee, Creek, Kiowa and English

Extent: 23 items

Collection Date Range: circa 1967 - 1970

Creators: Don Tofpi, Evelyn Tofpi

Collection Identifier: DET

Abstract: Original audio recordings and translations of Kiowa songs and dances as well as recordings of Cherokee and Creek hymns and church services.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum in 2007 and were deposited by Mary Linn.

Access Restrictions: The materials are open for research. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], Don & Evelyn Tofpi Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages. 

Collection Scope and Contents: The Don and Evelyn Tofpi Collection features original audio recordings and translations of Kiowa church songs, warrior and round dances, and flag and ceremony songs. Also featured are recordings of Cherokee and Creek hymns and church services. The materials are the collected works of Evelyn S. Tofpi (daughter of Vivian McCombs McCosar) and husband Donald of Anadarko, Oklahoma. Donald served as the chairman of the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma from 2008 – 2010 and was a contributing author to Candace S. Greene’s 2002 book, “Silver Horn: Master Illustrator of the Kiowas,” of which Silver Horn, Donald’s great-grandfather, is the focus.

Catalog #Title
DET-001Creek Services
DET-002Funeral Services, George McCosar
DET-003Edward Leader Church Services
DET-004Grave Creek Church Services
DET-005Bessie McCombs Funeral Service, May 14, 1967
DET-006Creek Convention at Tuskegee, Rev. James McCosar
DET-007New Year’s Preaching
DET-008Workshop for Creek Services
DET-009Creek Worship Services: Teddy A. George
DET-010Helibee Church Services: Rev. Brutus Washington, April 23, 1969
DET-011Creek Hymns
DET-012Baptist Training Convention: James McCosar
DET-013Hymns in Cherokee and Creek: Sam Hyder and others
DET-014Creek Hymns
DET-015.001Kiowa Church Songs, Vol. 1
DET-015.002Kiowa Church Songs, Vol. 1: Translations of the Songs, as told by David Apekaum
DET-016.002Liner Notes for Kiowa
DET-017Songs of the Little Rabbits
DET-018Kiowa Tribal Round Dances
DET-019Kiowa Flag and Honor Ceremony Songs
DET-020Kiowa Tribal Warrior Dances
DET-021Kiowa, Recorded by William Rhodes