Roy Dean Bullcoming Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Cheyenne.

Extent: 22 items

Collection Date Range: circa 1970s and 1980s

Creators: Kathryn Bullcoming

Collection Identifier: RBC

Abstract: The Roy Dean Bullcoming Collection features audio oral histories, ceremonial songs and dances in Cheyenne.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum from Roy Dean Bullcoming and were deposited in 2009. 

Access Restrictions: The materials are open for research, though some access restrictions apply to specific objects in the collection. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], Roy Dean Bullcoming Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages. 

Collection Scope and Contents: Roy Dean Bullcoming of Seiling, Oklahoma is a former council member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He has been involved in various events pertaining to the tribe, from ceremonial dances to the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

In 2009, his wife, Kathryn, established the Roy Dean Bullcoming Collection at the Sam Noble Museum. The collection includes audio recordings of oral histories and powwow music along with ceremonial songs and dances in Cheyenne. The recordings were restored by the museum’s division of Native American Languages and feature the voices of Kathryn and Roy Dean Bullcoming, Jim Hill and John Heap of Birds. Most of the recordings are of an unknown date and location, with the exception of a Sundance and ceremonial recording that place the materials from the 1970s and 1980s.

Catalog #Title
RBC-001Roy Tells About Sundance
RBC-002 A brief audio recording of Kathryn Bullcoming speaking in Cheyenne
RBC-003 Drum Circle Repeating and Songs, Center Pole Ceremonial Songs and Information on Different Parts of the Sundance
RBC-004Arrow Warship Ceremonial Dining
RBC-005Audio Recording of a Cheyenne Elder (name unknown) Speaking in Cheyenne
RBC-006Cheyenne Pow-wow Music, 4 tracks
RBC-007 Sundance First Part Ceremonial Songs
RBC-008 A Good Chief Song
RBC-009 Kit Fox Songs by Mr. Jim Hill
RBC-010 Jim Hill, Kit Fox Songs
RBC-011 Cheyenne Pow-wow Music and Indian Radio News
RBC-012 Kit Fox
RBC-013 Cheyenne songs, by John Heap of Birds
RBC-014Ceremonial singing of the sundance, center pole ledge songs
RBC-015Ceremonial Singing Center Pole, Sundance Lodge
RBC-016 Songs for Sundance Pole, Songs for Sundancers
RBC-017 Cheyenne Sweat Songs
RBC-018 Lone Tee-Peet Arbor Songs
RBC-019June 20, 1982 Arrow Ceremonial, Seiling, Oklahoma
RBC-020 Lame Deer Night Time Sundance
RBC-021 1st Paint Sundance, June 12, 1976
RBC-022Kathryn and Roy Dean Bullcoming and John Heap of Birds Singing Church Songs