Nebraska Authors

Fannie Reed Giffen

Born 1863 NE (USA)

Died 1938-08-11
Lawrence, SD (USA)

Spearfish, SD (USA)
Rose Hill Cemetery

Her book, Oh-ma-ha ta-wa-tha, offers an Omaha tribal history of the site and founding of the city of Omaha, from the perspective of the LaFlesche family. The book is illustrated by Susette La Flesche Tibbles (also known as "Bright Eyes") and is the first known published book of Native American Artwork. Giffen is rumored to have been a ghost writer for the LaFlesche family.

Places Lived

Coton, SD
Opal, SD
Spearfish, SD

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Omaha, Nebraska--History; Native Americans; Treaties; Omaha Tribe; LaFlesche Family


Postmaster, Opal, SD

Places Worked

Post Office, Opal, SD


Oo-ma-ha Ta-wa-tha (Omaha City). 1898.

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