BY J. Y. BRYCE
In the Limelight, or History of Anadarko and Vicinity from the Earliest Days, by Rev. J. J. Methven. (Published by the Author, Anadarko, Okla., 1926. pp. 137. $1.50).
The author has traced the history of Anadarko and its surroundings back to the days before the Civil War, when the Wichita Agency was first established. Having spent much of his life among the Indians as a missionary and teacher, he has firsthand knowledge of much that is recorded in this book. It is not a history of a town but of a section of the Indian country, tracing its development from the early days down to the present.
Indian Music Programs. By Mrs. Roberta C. Lawson. (Nowata, Oklahoma, published by the author and compiler; also for sale by the J. W. Jenkins Music Store, at Tulsa, 44 p. Paper, $.50.)
In recent years there have been repeated and persistent calls for material for Indian literary and musical programs, thus attesting the growing interest in the art and music of the native American race and in the literature which pertains to its people. Mrs. Lawson's booklet appears in answer to the increasing demand for such material. The introduction was written by Mrs. Anne Faulkner Oberndorfer, chairman of the General Federation of Music Clubs. To the natural enthusiasm of one who is herself of Indian descent, Mrs. Lawson adds the matured taste and judgment of one who has been thoroughly schooled in all that is best and most worth while in music. Ten programs are outlined, including, in all, one or more productions of each of more than thirty composers, together with a number of suggested readings and impersonations. The Indian people of Oklahoma have good reason to be proud, not only that their race is coming into its own in the field of art and especially in music, but also that one of their own number has been able to put forth in pleasing form such a creditable introduction to a very fascinating field of study.
—J. B. T.