Charles K. Shaw marries Indian princess, 1912.


Seattle, Washington, Mar. 20. A princess of the Sioux Indians of Rosebud, S. D., whose name is Miss Indeta Lapollette [Lafollette], married this evening by the Rev. A. Sandell on Seventh Avenue, Number 313, to Charles K. Shaw, a Hawaiian boy. With the marriage of this half-Indian lady, she left J. H. Magoon, the one who has a theater in the Hawaiian Islands. This beautiful young lady is half French and half Indian. Her mother is a Sioux Indian. Her father is a chief of the Sioux Indians, and when he died, his wealth was inherited by his daughter.

Because her mother saw the decrease in the Indian race, she thought it would not be useful for her daughters to continue the traditional ways of the Indians, so she told her daughter to learn the ideas and knowledge of Europe. Her education began in school on their reservation. She is fluent in the English language.

The marriage of these two was a marvelous. The woman wore full Indian dress, and the man, he wore a black suit. The words of Rev. A. Sandell spoke when the two were wed were short. Her husband is training her in Hawaiian song and dance. When the ceremony was over, Miss Lapollette stated:

“I’ve not stepped at all on the stage of a theater, but my husband is trying hard to teach me so that I learn Hawaiian hula. I have some singing ability, and if I am with a group of four or five friends from Hawaii, I believe I can be of assistance to them.

When the groom’s mother, Mrs. Esther Shaw, who lives at Number 3618 Fifth Avenue, Portland, heard that her son was getting married to a woman, she immediately sent a telegram to Claude Gage, the issuer of marriage licenses, for her son, being that he only 19 years old at the time, but the license granter was already told that Mr. Shaw was 21 years old. The mother’s telegram was received too late.

(Aloha Aina, 4/13/1912, p. 2)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XVI, Helu 15, Aoao 2. Aperila 13, 1912.