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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
It is difficult to know what to make of The Life of Okah Tubbee because it is difficult to know what to make of Okah Tubbee. In the 1840s and 1850s he was a performing musician, a ventriloquist, and an "Indian doctor." He claimed to be a Choctaw chief’s son who, somehow, had begun life as a slave in Natchez, Mississippi. His autobiography, possibly written by his wife (possibly of Delaware and Mohawk extraction), appeared in several formats and editions in 1848 and 1852.
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