Arrell Gibson

Arrell Morgan Gibson was a historian and author specializing in the history of the state of Oklahoma. He was born in Pleasanton, KS on December 1, 1921. He earned degrees from Missouri Southern State College and the University of Oklahoma. He is best known for writing Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries (University of Oklahoma Press 1965, 1981) and The Oklahoma Story (University of Oklahoma Press 1978). He died in Norman, OK on November 30, 1987.[1] There have been two literary awards created in Gibson's honor. The Oklahoma Center For The Book grants its Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award annually to an Oklahoman for a body of literary work.[2] The Indian Territory Posse of Westerners International awards a $500 cash prize annually to the year's best essay on the history of Native Americans.[3]

Academic career

  • B.A. - Missouri Southern State College - 1946
  • M.A. - University of Oklahoma - 1948
  • Ph.D. - University of Oklahoma - 1954
  • Professor of History and Government - Phillips University, Enid, OK - 1949-1957
  • Professor; George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History - University of Oklahoma - 1957-?
  • Curator: Western History Collections - University of Oklahoma - 1957-1970
  • Curator: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (then called the Stovall Museum) - University of Oklahoma - 1960-1987
  • Visiting Professor - University of New Mexico - 1975
  • Visiting Distinguished Professor; Graduate Studies Consultant - University of South China - 1985
  • Goldwater Distinguished Professor of American Institutions - Arizona State University - 1986[4]



  • The Kickapoos (1963)
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain (1965)
  • Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries (1965)
  • The Chickasaws (1971) which placed second for a Pulitzer Prize
  • Wilderness Bonanza (1972)
  • The West in the Life of the Nation (1976)
  • The Oklahoma Story (1978)
  • The American Indian: Pre-History to the Present (1980)
  • The Santa Fe and Taos Colonies: Age of the Muses 1900-1942 (1983)
  • editor - The West Wind Blows: The Autobiography of Edward Everett Dale (1984)
  • editor - Between Two Worlds: The Survival of Twentieth Century Indians (1986)[6]


  1. ^ Arrell Gibson, Who Was He? at the Oklahoma Center for the Book
  2. ^ Past Winners
  3. ^ Gibson Award Requirements Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine at the Western History Association
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived July 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine at OSU
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
C. J. Cherryh

Carolyn Janice Cherry (born September 1, 1942), better known by the pen name C. J. Cherryh, is an American writer of speculative fiction. She has written more than 80 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award-winning novels Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988), both set in her Alliance-Union universe. She is known for "world building," depicting fictional realms with great realism supported by vast research in history, language, psychology, and archeology. Her series of fantasy novels set in the Alliance-Union universe, the Morgaine Stories, have sold in excess of 3 million copies.Cherryh (pronounced "Cherry") appended a silent "h" to her real name because her first editor, Donald A. Wollheim, felt that "Cherry" sounded too much like a romance writer. Her initials, C.J., were used to disguise the fact that she was female at a time when the majority of science fiction authors were male.The author has an asteroid, 77185 Cherryh, named after her. Referring to this honor, the asteroid's discoverers wrote of Cherryh: "She has challenged us to be worthy of the stars by imagining how mankind might grow to live among them." Cherryh was the Guest of Honor at FenCon IX in Dallas/Fort Worth on September 21–23, 2012.


The Chickasaw ( CHIK-ə-saw) are an indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands. Their traditional territory was in the Southeastern United States of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. They are of the Muskogean language family and are federally recognized as the Chickasaw Nation.

Sometime prior to the first European contact, the Chickasaw migrated from western regions and moved east of the Mississippi River, where they settled mostly in present-day northeast Mississippi and into Lawrence County, Tennessee. That is where they encountered European explorers and traders, having relationships with French, English and Spanish during the colonial years. The United States considered the Chickasaw one of the Five Civilized Tribes, as they adopted numerous practices of European Americans. Resisting European-American settlers encroaching on their territory, they were forced by the US to sell their country in the 1832 Treaty of Pontotoc Creek and move to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the era of Indian Removal in the 1830s.

Most Chickasaw now live in Oklahoma. The Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma is the 13th largest federally recognized tribe in the United States. Its members are related to the Choctaw and share a common history with them. The Chickasaw are divided in two groups (moieties): the Impsaktea and the Intcutwalipa. They traditionally followed a system of matrilineal descent, in which children were considered to be part of the mother's clan, whence they gained their status. Some property was controlled by women, and hereditary leadership in the tribe passed through the maternal line.

Jack Bickham

Jack Miles Bickham (September 2, 1930 – July 25, 1997) was an American author who wrote 75 published novels, of which two were made into movies, The Apple Dumpling Gang and Baker's Hawk.

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo (born Joy Foster on May 9, 1951, Mvskoke) is a poet, musician, and author. Born in Oklahoma, she took her paternal grandmother's surname when she enrolled in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is an important figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, completed her undergraduate degree at University of New Mexico in 1976, and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in its Creative Writing Program.

In addition to writing books and other publications, Harjo has taught in numerous United States universities, has performed at poetry readings and music events, and releases five albums of her original music. Her books include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), Crazy Brave (2012), and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975–2002 (2004). She was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Michael Wallis

Michael Wallis (born October 7, 1945) is an American journalist, popular historian, author, speaker and voice actor. He has written seventeen books, including Route 66: The Mother Road, about the historic highway U.S. Route 66. His work has also been published extensively in magazines and newspapers, including Time, Life, People, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

R. A. Lafferty

Raphael Aloysius Lafferty (November 7, 1914 – March 18, 2002) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, In a Green Tree; a history book, The Fall of Rome; and several novels of historical fiction.

In March 2011, it was announced in Locus that the copyrights to 29 Lafferty novels and 225 short stories were up for sale. The literary estate was soon thereafter purchased by the magazine's nonprofit foundation, under the auspices of board member Neil Gaiman.

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a speaker and storyteller.

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