Insta Theamba (Bright Eyes) or Susette LaFlesche (1854-1903)

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
Pleasantville, United States

Susette Laflesche was an Omaha writer and Indian rights advocate. Her mixed-race mother favored Indian assimilation. After attending boarding school in New Jersey, Laflesche returned home to Nebraska Territory to investigate conditions among Native Americans while writing for Thomas Tibbles, editor of the Omaha World Herald. She began lecture tours to advocate for indigenous Americans. LaFlesche and Tibbles married in 1881 and moved to Washington D.C., where she gave an address on the culture of Indian women to the Association for the Advancement of Women. In addition to her journalism, LaFlesche co-authored several books about indigenous Americans.


  • Title: Insta Theamba (Bright Eyes) or Susette LaFlesche (1854-1903)
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Carte-de-visite (albumen), 4" x 2 1/2"
  • Provenance: The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
  • Subject Keywords: Native American rights advocate
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Price & Campbell
  • Date: ca. 1880

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