Ethel Adair


        Oklahoma, United States    

Nancy Ethel Adair was a Cherokee quiltmaker from Oklahoma.
When Ethel's mother died, she and her sister Pearl, and her half sister Rose went to live with their paternal grandmother, Ellen West. Ellen was Cherokee and very tiny - they called her Big Grandmother. When Ellen's first husband (Clifton's dad) died, Ellen married his brother Dave West. It was Ellen West who taught Ethel to quilt, can and cook.

While Ethel lived in Oklahoma she had a quilt frame that she raised and lowered from the ceiling for quilting. Sometimes it was moved out to a veranda when the weather was warm. Ethel and Mack went to Oakland in 1941 or 42. They returned to Oklahoma in 1969.

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Ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

Native American; Cherokee

Educational background:

Ethel went to two different local schools through the 8th grade. She did not go to a Cherokee seminary girl's school.

Occupation (if retired, former occupation):

Shipyard worker and nurse's aid after 1941 at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA and retired from that job.

Where was the quiltmaker born?

Wagner Prairie Indian Territory, Oklahoma (OK), United States

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Father's Name:

Clifton Preston West

Mother's Name:

Rose (or Betty) Davis

Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

Mack Adair

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

In Oklahoma, farming and horsetrading; in Oakland, shipyard worker.

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