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 Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 15:50:47 -0700 From: "Glenda Ahhaitty" <GAhhaitty@dmh.co.la.ca.us> Subject: RE: Re: Beulah Tahamont Parker and Bertha Parker Cody (Native archaeologist) In addition to the formal notes as I really knew nothing about Birdie's contributions to anthropology I would like to add a few personal notes. She was a sweet gentle lady, who also conducted her self and dressed like a lady of her generation. She was active in the LA Indian community. Usually had a freezer of turkeys, distributed food a various times of the year and assisted in the kitchen at community events in Indian families who had been moved here on relocation. When folks needed help they would go to their home for a few dollars to get them through. Jim Thorpe & Ira Hayes lived in the basement of her home in Echo Park for a time. She raised two boys that she and Iron Eyes Cody had adopted from a Parker AZ adoption agency if I remember the story correctly. One son passed away after retiring from the Marine Corp (Arthur Cody) and the other has become known in his own right for his skill with the flute, Tree Cody. I knew about her father from her but she never spoke about herself. I knew Birdie from a community perspective and knew nothing of her professional life. A famous western artist used a photo of a young Birdie for a painting of Kateria. She was very beautiful when young. The painting was used for some type of cards that were produced after Iron went and met with the Pope. He may have presented the painting, I am not sure. She said she met Iron on a movie set and that he pursued her for quite a time before she gave in a married him. She had a collection of old silver pins that she gave to an Indian museum in Michigan. I have two of them that she gave me. She did a lot of sewing during the time that Indian/cowboy movies were being made and rented Indian garments to the studios. Watching old movies I often see things that belonged to Iron and Birdie on various actors. She ran her household. When she died Iron could not even find the keys to the freezer. When I said she ran her household that means she also controlled the family finances. When she left Iron was lost without her. Glenda Ahhaitty  Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 21:15:02 -0400 From: "Helen H Tanner" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Re: Beulah Tahamont Parker and Bertha Parker Cody (Native archaeologist) Thanks for the marvelous biograpahical information about Beulah and Bertha.... Helen Tanner