Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Native American artist

Woody Crumbo was born near Lexington, Oklahoma on January 31, 1912 as Woodrow Wilson Crumbo, on his Potawatomi mother’s tribal allotment of land. Unfortunately, by the time he was seven, he was an orphan, but his nomadic early life–living with different Indian families, including Creek and Sioux, and later becoming friends with a group of Kiowas with whom he studied art–instilled an appreciation for the diverse and disappearing cultures and traditions of the country’s tribes. Through art, Woody found a way to honor, promote and preserve this history. While studying at Wichita University and later the University of Oklahoma, he supported himself as a dancer, learning different tribe’s dances from across the nation. Also, he was one of the first Native American artists to take on oil painting as a medium. His daughter, Minisa, an accomplished artist in her own right, shares an insight about her father, his relationship with Thomas Gilcrease and her Native American upbringing.

Minisa Crumbo Halsey, daughter of groundbreaking Native American artist Woody Crumbo celebrates her father’s legacy.

Program Credits:
Minisa Crumbo Halsey — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: November 11, 2014

Date Published: March 23, 2015

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

Tags: Thomas Gilcrease, Kit Carson, Quanah Parker, Coronado, Charles Banks Wilson, Wilma Mankiller, Taos, Spirit Horse, Eagle Dancer, Peyote