Museum lecture to cover Hominy Indians

Ponca City Now - November 6, 2015 9:46 am

A public lecture on the Hominy Indians football club will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Woman Museum, director Robbin Davis said.

Dr. Sara Richter will give the presentation. Admission is by donation.

Richter is the dean of the School of Liberal Arts and professor of English at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and previously presented her program “Wild Women of the West” at the museum in September. Her new program on the Hominy Indian football team surely will be as interesting.

“Few people, including Oklahomans, know that the Hominy Indians football club played nationally during the 1920s. Athletics traditionally have been valued in traditional Native American life, so developing a professional football team made up of Native American athletes seemed like a natural step,” Richter said.

In addition, the museum recently opened a new exhibit, “Lethal to Ingest,” which takes a look at patent medicine and the medical quackery that was rampant in society before regulatory standardization.

“It’s truly amazing and a bit mystifying to see all of these tonics and potions and what they were supposed to cure. But it was what people knew and trusted at the time. Thank goodness we’ve learned a few things since then,” Davis said.

The eye-opening exhibit has been up for about a month and so far the reactions to the exhibit have been fun to see.

“We’ve talked with a number of folks that have stories to tell on their parents and grandparents,” Davis said.

 

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