Chief Tahachee

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Chief Tahachee
Born (1904-03-04)March 4, 1904
James Mill, Arkansas, U.S.
Died June 9, 1978(1978-06-09) (aged 74)
San Gabriel, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, San Dimas, California
Occupation Actor, author

Chief Tahachee (born Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert, March 4, 1904 – June 9, 1978) was an Old Settler Cherokee Indian who was an author, a stage actor, a film extra, and a vaudeville performer.

Chief Tahachee wrote four books: Poems of Dreams (1942), Drifting Sands (1950), An American Indian Climb Toward Truth & Wisdom (1955), and The Rough and Rowdy Ways of an American Indian Cowboy (1957).[1] Poems of Dreams was his most popular and he renewed the copyright on it October 1972.[2]

Chief Tahachee appeared as a film extra in several films produced from the 1920s to the 1960s, including westerns, film noir, drama, and historical sagas. His first film appearance was in a silent film, The Last of the Mohicans, in 1920 at the age of 16.[citation needed]

He was married seven times, fathered ten children, and died June 9, 1978 in San Gabriel, California of a heart attack.[3]


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