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Manataka Examines the "Reexamined" Legend of the Quapaw Cave



Government operatives have ulterior motives to discredit true history


Contrary to what Sharon Shugart, Hot Springs National Park Museum Specialist wrote in her story, a newly discovered Sentinel Record newspaper article published on May 16, 1922 and entitled, "Ancient Tale of an Ancient Wanderer Proves to be True"  is only the first piece of hard evidence that proves Dale Nathan did exist and it wipes away everything she wrote about him and his beautiful "legend" -- an abbreviated Story of Manataka.  Dale Nathan did exist -- The Story of Manataka about the sacred ceremonial Indian caves is true!



Ancient Ceremonial Indian Caves on the Sacred Mountain


"...No cave is visible in any of the photographs taken of the Quapaw Bathhouse site..." Sharon Shugart, Museum Specialist

This picture was taken on May 2, 1921.  See the workman pointing directly into the mouth of the ancient ceremonial Indian cave. There are many other photographs of this discovery owned by families of workers, tourists and the National Park Service.  This is only one example of the false propaganda spread by Josie Fernandez using public tax dollars. 



Indian Artifacts Found Inside the Quapaw Ceremonial Cavern


Four ancient clay figurines were discovered in the Indian ceremonial cavern at the site of the new Quapaw Baths in May 1921 by workmen employed by George A. Callahan, Sr., chairman of the Quapaw Bathhouse Company.  The site foreman quickly took all four artifacts, the arrowheads, tools and three turtle shells to Mr. Callahan and he immediately knew they were valuable -- intrinsically, historically and in the art markets.  He advised his workers to keep quiet about the clay artifacts discovery until he could find out more.  He and his associates did not know the origin and purpose of the clay "dolls", as he referred to them, so he began searching for experts in Hot Springs and elsewhere who might provide answers.... Read More




Mr. Callahanís Letter


To argue against the story, "Indian Artifacts Found Inside the Quapaw Ceremonial Cavern" and shore up her failing point that Callahan purchased original works of art from Nampayo through Tom Paveta in Arizona, Sharon Shugart writes, "...George A. Callahan, Sr. (original president of the Quapaw Bath House Company) sent payment with a letter stating that it was in payment for the figurines.  Mr. Callahanís letter clearly indicates that they were not commissioned copies of artifacts found in the Quapaw cave but rather were original works of art purchased for display at the bathhouse..."  [underlined emphasis is ours.]


Read the letter (above) cited by Shugart.  No where in Callahan's letter to Nampayo's agent Tom Pavatea, does he state or even slightly infer that the figurines were original works of art.   Conversely, he does not refer to them as reproductions either, but simply refers to them as "figurines".


This another example of the shameful way Shugart stretches the truth to prove her point.  Fortunately, her point is lost in the lie.




Conspiracy Evidence, Exhibit 10A -- Knowledge of Hot Springs National Park Officials


The 1986 letter (left) is from Paul F. Sullivan, Park Ranger/Curator of the Hot Springs National Park.  The recipients of the letter are Lawrence and Mary Ellen Blair, authors of book about Nampayo, the now famous Hopi potter who was engaged by George A. Callahan, Sr. to make duplicates of the four artifacts found inside the Quapaw Indian Ceremonial Cavern. 


This letter clearly states the four figurines made by Nampayo were "...duplicates...reproductions of "rain gods" found in the 1922 excavation to build the Quapaw Bathhouse in Hot Springs National Park..."   


This letter is absolute proof the National Park knew the  original figurines existed. This is proof they knew the original figurines were found inside the Quapaw ceremonial cavern.  Further, this letter proves the government took possession of the four original figurines and gave them back to Callahan to have them reproduced.


Callahan claimed that immediately after receiving the duplicates he returned the originals to the National Park Service with the intention that they would be placed on loan at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.  The Smithsonian claims they never received the four figurines from the Hot Springs National Park Service.