Museum of the American Indian medal

Object Number: 
1958.79
Date: 
1947
Medium: 
Gold; leather, silk, paper
Dimensions: 
case: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 10.8 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm ) diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.8 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: edge, lower center: "TIFFANY&CO. MAKER 14K GOLD M" Inscription: case lid, inside, center, imprinted in gold: "TIFFANY & CO/NEW YORK"
Description: 
Gold struck medal with obverse showing buffalo surrounded by Native American attributes and symbols; legend: "MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN/HEYE FOUNDATION/1916." Reverse is inscribed: "TO/JOSEPH KEPPLER/'GYANTWAKA"/VICE PRESIDENT/1916-1947/WITH APPRECIATION/OF HIS/INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES/THE/BOARD OF TRUSTEES." Square dark brown leather fitted case with dark red silk velvet and silk satin lining. Accompanying document enclosed.
Gallery Label: 

This medal was awarded to Joseph (Udo) Keppler, Jr., best known for his career as a poltiical cartoonist. Keppler, Jr., was an activist for Native Americans and a collector of Native American art. The Seneca Nation named him honorary chief with the name "Gy-ant-wa-ka." Keppler, Jr., was friends with George Heye and helped found the Heye Foundation's Museum of the American Indian in 1916.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Keppler Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group