Barnum’s American Museum

Event Information

Barnum's American Museum [JAN 1842-JUL 1865]

Price: $.25; .15 children under 10

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 September 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 Aug 1863, All Day
01 Sep 1863, All Day
02 Sep 1863, All Day
03 Sep 1863, All Day
04 Sep 1863, All Day
05 Sep 1863, All Day

Program Details

Every day (9 am to 12:30 pm, 1:30 to 6 pm, 7 to 10 pm)

Sioux and Winnebago Indian Chiefs, Warriors and Squaws. MALES: Ahoquewawa (Flying Cloud); Holtscoca (White Bear); Ahuchogga (Blue Wing); Anchucata (Big Winnebago); Ahonung (Little Fish); Doshuncock (White Otter); Uncoujochata (Big Thunder). FEMALES: Onequata (Pretty Bird); Monagatin (Good Mother)

“Song of persuasion” (w/ Recruiting dance)
“Song of the war trail” (w/ War dance)
“Song of victory” (w/ Scalp dance)
“Song of thanksgiving” (w/ Corn dance)
“Song of peace and good will” (w/ Pipe dance)
“Song of the chase” (w/ Hunting dance)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Only a penny ; Only a half penny
Text Author: Oxenford
aka Extravaganza dance
Participants:  Mlle. [dancer] Louise
aka Song of peace and goodwill


Advertisement: New York Herald, 31 August 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 31 August 1863, 7.

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 01 September 1863, 8.

“The Sioux and Winnebagos are still at Barnum’s. Chieftains are the height of the production. Every day they are stared at by new crowds of sightseers, upon whom with dreaded horror they lavish their whimsical warfare and, to be sure, not quite melodious songs. Despite the fact that it is already beginning the fall [season], the summer theater company continues its ideas under Mr. W. Clarke’s capable direction.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 September 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 September 1863, 7.