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David Decora (abt. 1840 - 1888)

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David "Tall" Decora
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David Decora was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.


"One of the well-known DeCorahs was Chief Little DeCorah. He had a boy named David Too Tall DeCorah, who had a daughter called Angel DeCorah, who was the first Winnebago educator and artist." (Smith, 206)

"David (Tall) DeCora was Angel's father and the fourth son of Little DeCora. He died in July of 1888, never having achieved the leading role in the tribe that was his by birthright." (McAnulty, 144)

Angel DeCora says in her autobiography: " I was born in a wigwam, of Indian parents. My father was the fourth son of the hereditary chief of the Winnebagoes. My mother, in her childhood, had had a little training in a convent, but when she married my father she gave up all her foreign training and made a good, industrious Indian wife. During the summers we lived on the Reservation, my mother cultivating her garden and my father playing the chief's son."


  • David Lee Smith in Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians, ed. Rita T. Kohn (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997).
  • Sarah McAnulty, "Angel DeCora: American Indian Artist and Educator," Nebraska History, 57 (1976): 142-199.
  • "Angel DeCora— An Autobiography," The Red Man, 3, #7 (March 1911): 279-285. URL —

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