(L-R) BC Member Ranny McWatters, Chairman John Berrey, Wyandotte Chief Billy Friend, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand and BC Member Tamara Smiley at presentation.
Representatives from the Wyandotte Nation were instrumental in the recent return of several pieces of ancient Quapaw pottery. Wyandotte Chief Billy Friend, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand and Wyandotte Director of Governmental Affairs Doug Spangler presented two pots to Quapaw Tribal John Berrey and Business Committee members Ranny McWatters and Tamara Smiley on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Quapaw Tribal Museum.
The pieces, which were judged to be between 850 to 900 years old, were found as part of a collection belonging to an Illinois anthropologist. Spangler, who has been working on the repatriation of Wyandotte’s artifacts, had acquired the collection and realized that there were several Quapaw pieces included. The decision was made by Wyandotte Nation officials to return these pieces to the Quapaw Tribe. These pieces will be displayed at the Quapaw Tribal Museum.