Gordon Yellowman Collection of Arapaho Language Materials

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Arapaho, Cheyenne and English.

Extent: 83 items

Collection Date Range: 1903 - 2015

Creators: Gordon Yellowman

Collection Identifier: GYE

Abstract: The Gordon Yellowman Collection consists of a reproduction of an Arapaho Bible originally published in 1902, along with more than 80 hours of Cheyenne and Arapaho Sundance and pow-wow recordings and music.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum in 2012 and 2016 and were deposited by Gordon Yellowman. 

Access Restrictions: The materials are open for research. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu.

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], Gordon Yellowman Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages. 

Collection Scope and Contents: The Gordon Yellowman Collection features a digital reproduction of an Arapaho Bible, in addition to more than 80 hours of audio recordings pertaining to the Cheyenne and Arapaho languages. The majority of the materials (catalog numbers GYE-001 through GYE-082) were donated to the Native American Languages Collection (NALC) by Gordon Yellowman in 2012, with a subsequent donation of recordings in 2016 (catalog number GYE-083).

The 2012 donation came to the museum with an initial inventory and no systematic method of arrangement. Most of the tapes were labeled as sundance or pow-wow recordings from the Arapaho/Northern Arapaho or Southern Cheyenne. The rest of the recordings were labeled as particular Cheyenne and/or Arapaho meetings, songs or other events. During processing the NAL staff rearranged the collection into six series’ The first item in the lot is a digital reproduction of an Arapaho Bible (catalog number GYE-001). The other items in the lot (catalog numbers GYE-002 through GYE-082) are all original audiocassettes first collected by Gordon’s mother, June Yellowman, prior to 2011. The collection was digitized by NAL in 2012.

A description of each series is as follows:

Series 1: Arapaho Bible

Series 1 features a digital reproduction of an Arapaho Bible, published in 1903 and digitized by the NALC in 2012.

Series 2: Arapaho/Northern Arapaho Sundance Recordings

Series 2 features audiocassette tapes originally labeled as Arapaho or Northern Arapaho Sundance recordings. Recordings in this series are arranged chronologically by date, beginning with the earliest date of 1994, and ending with those without known dates.

Series 3: Cheyenne Arapaho Pow-Wow Recordings

Series 3 features audiocassette tapes originally labeled as Cheyenne Arapaho Pow-Wow recordings. Recordings in this series are undated.

Series 4: Cheyenne Sundance Recordings

Series 4 features audiocassette tapes originally labeled as Cheyenne Sundance recordings. Recordings in this series are arranged chronologically by date, beginning with the earliest date of 1982, and ending with those without known dates.

Series 5: Northern Arapaho Pow-Wow Recordings

Series 5 features audiocassette tapes originally labeled as Northern Arapaho pow-wow recordings. Recordings in this series are arranged chronologically by date, beginning with the earliest date of 1991 to 1994.

Series 6: Other Events

This series features all miscellaneous recordings from this accession that fall outside the realms of Series 1, 2 and 3. Recordings in this series are arranged alphabetically by the event title or speaker/singing group name.

Catalog #SeriesTitle
GYE-0011Hethadenee Waunauyaunee Vadan Luke Vanenana / The Gospel According To Luke (In Arapaho)
GYE-0022Northern Arapaho Sundance 1991
GYE-0032Arapaho Sundance August 5, 1994
GYE-0042Arapaho Sundance August 6, 1994
GYE-0052Arapaho Sundance August 7, 1994
GYE-0062Arapaho Sundance July 13, 1995/July 16, 1995
GYE-0072Arapaho Sundance July 14, 1995
GYE-0082Arapaho Sundance July 14, 1995
GYE-0092Northern Arapaho Sundance July 1995
GYE-01021996 Northern Arapaho Sundance
GYE-0112Northern Arapaho Sundance 1996
GYE-0122Northern Arapaho Sundance July 19, 1996
GYE-0132Northern Arapaho Sundance July 20, 1996
GYE-0142Northern Arapaho Sundance July 20, 1996, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0152Northern Arapaho Sundance July 21, 1996, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0162Arapaho Sundance July 9 - 10, 1999
GYE-0172Arapaho Sundance July 10, 1999, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0182Arapaho Sundance July 11, 1999, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0192Arapaho Sundance July 11, 1999, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0202Arapaho Sundance 2000 (Friday)
GYE-0212Arapaho Sundance 2000 (Saturday)
GYE-0222Arapaho Sundance 2000 (Sunday)
GYE-0232Northern Arapaho Sundance 2000
GYE-0242Arapaho Sundance (no date)
GYE-0252Northern Arapaho Sundance (no date)
GYE-0263Cheyenne Arapaho pow-wow
GYE-0274Cheyenne Sundance Songs, Concho, Oklahoma, August 1, 1982
GYE-0284Cheyenne Sundance 1994 (Sunday), Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0294Cheyenne Sundance 1994 or 95, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0304Cheyenne Sundance 1994, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0314Cheyenne Sundance, July 1994 - Chief Songs, Oath, Willie Fletcher
GYE-0324Cheyenne Sundance June 29 - July 2, 1995, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0334Cheyenne Sundance 1996 Lone Tipi, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0344Cheyenne Sundance June 21, 1996
GYE-0354Cheyenne Sundance June 22, 1997
GYE-0364Cheyenne Sundance 1997; NAGPRA meeting 03/26/1997; NPS - Fritch, TX, August 4-6, 1997; Pipe consultation, December 1997
GYE-0374Cheyenne Sundance June 23-25, 2000, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0384Cheyenne Sundance June 23-25, 2000, Concho, Oklahoma
GYE-0394Cheyenne Sundance (no date)
GYE-0404Cheyenne Sundance (no date)
GYE-0415Northern Arapaho pow-wow, Arapaho, Wyoming, August 4, 1991
GYE-0425Northern Arapaho pow-wow 1994
GYE-0436Alfred Spoonhunter benefit dance, Watonga, OK, 1996
GYE-0446Badland Singers - Grand Entry Tulsa 1990, intertribal sneakup
GYE-0456Benefit dance
GYE-0466Bernard Red Cherries, ceremony songs, 1992
GYE-0476Black Lodge and Elk's Whistle, Live at Eagle Butte, SD, 1994
GYE-0486Black Lodge Singers, Colorado, 1989
GYE-0496Black Lodge Singers - Intertribal pow-wow songs
GYE-0506Black Lodge Singers, live at Eagle Butte, SD, 1994
GYE-0516Black Lodge Singers - pow-wow highway songs
GYE-0526Bruce Whiteman, 1996
GYE-0536Buffalo Meat Descendants, Watonga, OK/Gourd dance 12-24-1983, Watonga, OK / Crazy Horse Singers 12-24-1983/ Memorial Singers, Watonga, OK
GYE-0546Cathedral Lake Singers pow-wow songs
GYE-0556Cheyenne Ceremonial Songs, 1975, Watonga, OK
GYE-0566Cheyenne Chief Meeting, March 19, 1995, Mr. Rollin Haggs Home, Calumet, OK
GYE-0576Danny Oldcrow - Old Cheyenne Songs, Solf Songs
GYE-0586Denver March Pow-Wow 1993 (Saturday)
GYE-0596Denver March Pow-Wow 1993 (Sunday)
GYE-0606Ethete Pow-Wow Celebration, July 25, 1992
GYE-0616Ethete Pow-Wow Celebration, July 26, 1992
GYE-0626Gathering of Nations Live 1993
GYE-0636Gordon Yellowman. Cheyenne Chief Initiation June 19, 1996, Concho, OK
GYE-0646Grand Entry Intertribal, Colony, OK 1991 / Riverbottom Jr.'s Arapaho 1991
GYE-0656Intertribal '93, Porcupine Singers, Stoney Park Singers, Red Earth Singers
GYE-0666ess Amos Benefit, April 16, 1994
GYE-0676Katiuska Hanohano
GYE-0686Northern Arapaho memorial songs, Cha-Chees funeral service, Ethete, Wyoming
GYE-0696Red Bull - Live II - Mandaree Live, Bismarck, ND
GYE-0706Red Bull - Live II - Porcupine Singers Vol. III
GYE-0716Red Bull - Mother Earth
GYE-0726Red Bull and Badlands at Bismark, ND
GYE-0736Red Earth 1990
GYE-0746Red Earth Singers - Live, Bismarck, ND
GYE-0756Red Moon Pow-Wow, Memorial Day, May 1994
GYE-0766Red Scaffold
GYE-0776The Boys from Minneapolis, MN, 1994
GYE-0786Tulsa Pow-Wow Friday evening, 8-10-1990
GYE-0796White Fish Bay, Jr.’s Red Earth Singers, Live N.D.
GYE-0806White Fish Bay Singers
GYE-0816White Fish Bay Singers 1991
GYE-0826Willie Fletcher - 12-08-1994, Geary, OK
GYE-0836Dr. Ralph L. Dru and Gordon Yellowman, May 16, 2015