Cornplanter, Jesse J. 1889-1957

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CORNPLANTER, Jesse J. 1889-1957


Given name is sometimes spelled "Jessie"; born 1889, on Cattaraugus Reservation, NY; died 1957.


Illustrator, painter, and carver. Long House, ritual chief; chief of village of New Town; also teacher and singer at tribal ceremonies; toured as dancer and singer. Exhibitions: Work represented in a traveling exhibition of the Museum of the American Indian, 1982; work collected at National Museum of the American Indian, New York State Museum, and Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences. Military service: Served during World War I; received Purple Heart.


(And illustrator) Iroquois Indian Games and Dances (drawings), [Chicago, IL], 1913.

(And illustrator) Legends of the Longhouse, introduction by Carl Carmer, J. B. Lippincott (Philadelphia, PA), 1938, reprinted, I. J. Friedman (Port Washington, NY), 1963.


Arthur C. Parker, Iroquois Uses of Maize and Other Food Plants, New York State Museum (Albany, NY), 1910.

Arthur C. Parker, The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet, New York State Museum (Albany, NY), 1910.

Charles Hamilton, editor, Cry of the Thunderbird: The American Indian's Own Story, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1950.



Fawcett, David M., and Lee A. Callander, Native American Painting: Selections from the Museum of the American Indian, Museum of the American Indian (New York, NY), 1982.

St. James Guide to Native North American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 128-130.*