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Princess White Deer (Esther Louise Georgette Deer)

(circa 1891-1992), Dancer and singer

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Esther Louise Georgette Deer was of genuine Native American descent and, from a young age, performed as 'Princess White Deer' as part of a family stage act entitled: The Famous Deer Brothers which toured the United States, Europe and South Africa. During the First World War, Esther Deer performed as part of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. In choreography, costume and music, Esther Deer's performances such as 'Dance to the Great Spirit' and 'Hitchi Koo' playfully interpreted contemporary Western ideas of ethnicity, but she performed the part of modernist and flapper equally well. Deer was also involved in lobbying for the recognition of the rights for Native American Indians in the USA.

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