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WILLIAM JONES

William Jones (1871–1909) was a Native American anthropologist of the Fox nation, born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. His father was of Fox and Welsh descent. His English mother died in childbirth, leaving him to the care of his Fox grandmother. Jones became a member of the Eagle Clan, and was given the name Megasiáva. He studied at Hampton Institute, then graduated from Phillips Academy, and Harvard. In 1904 he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, the first Native American to earn a doctorate in Anthropology. In 1908 he traveled to the Philippines on an expedition for the Field Museum of Chicago. There he was killed in an altercation with the Ilongot people he had gone to study. Anoska Nimiwina first appeared in The Harvard Monthly, May 1899.

 

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