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Chief Ahpeatone Wooden Lance

Also Known As: "A'piatan", "Ahpeahtone", "Apeahtone", "Ah-pe-a-ton", "Wooden Lance", "Kills With a Lance"
Birthplace: Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, United States
Death: August 08, 1931 (75-76)
Carnegie, Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States
Place of Burial: Rainy Mountain Cemetery, Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Au-Pia Goodle Red Otter, Kiowa Medicine Man and Kale-pi-thay Sioux Woman
Husband of Guohaddle Ahpeatone and Kaubin
Father of Ralph Mopah Ahpeahtone; Jesse Ahpeahtone; William Ahpeahtone; Olive Boyiddle; Laura Boyiddle and 3 others

Managed by: William Owen "Bill" Irwin
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About Chief Ahpeatone Wooden Lance

Ahpeahtone, also known as Que-Tah-Tsay or Apiatan (1856 – August 8, 1931) was a chief of the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma, who is regarded as the last traditional chief of the tribe.

Ahpeahtone was born in 1856 near Medicine Lodge, Kansas. His Kiowa name, also spelled Apeahtone or Ah-pe-a-ton, means "Wooden Lance" or "Kills With a Lance". His lineage includes several noted Kiowa leaders and warriors. He was the son of the Kiowa leader Red Otter and related by blood to Little Otter and Red Cloud, the Oglala Lakota war chief. Guipago Lone Wolf, a prominent Kiowa chief was Ahpeahtone's paternal uncle.
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Death and legacy
Ahpeahtone died on 8 August 1931,[1] and is buried at Rainy Mountain Cemetery south of Mountain View, OK.

In 1996, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko and a bust was commissioned in his likeness.[6][7]

The town of Ahpeatone, located in Cotton County, Oklahoma was named for the chief.

Ahpeahtone, From Wikipedia

Kiowa Chief. He was best known for dispelling the "Messiah Craze" which spread through the tribes in 1890 and encouraged the performance of the "ghost dance." He traveled the country searching for the self professed prophet and, finding him in Nevada, revealed him as a fraud at a council meeting at Anadarko, Oklahoma. He was the son of Kale-pi-thay (Sioux Woman) and Chief Red Otter. His father was a brother of Lone Wolf, the elder, Gui-pah-gho. He had three wives: Kaubin, Gouhadle, and Asin Hiddle.

Bio by: Claudia Naugle

The Carnegie Herald, Wed., Aug. 12, 1931

Death Takes Last of Noted Kiowa Chiefs
The last of the Kiowa chiefs is dead. Ahpeatone, tribal chief for 38 years and recognized as such by the government, died at his home near Carnegie early Saturday morning. He had been in failing health for the past two years, but was seriously ill only a short time. He was 72 years old at the time of his death.

Chief Ahpeatone, a nephew of the original war chief Lone Wolf, was born near Medicine Lodge, Kansas and came to Oklahoma as a youth following the moving of the Kiowas to their reservation in this territory. His father lived near Mount Scott but Ahpeatone selected his place a mile southwest of the present site of Carnegie where he has made his home for the past 40 years. He was a familiar figure on the streets here and had the respect of his white neighbors as well as his own people.

About 1890 when the ghost dance or Messiah craze was being spread among the plains Indians, Chief Ahpeatone rendered the government valuable service in convincing members of the Kiowa tribe that such teaching was false. Chief Ahpeatone spent nearly a year among the northern tribes before he found the medicine man who claimed to be the Messiah. Ghost dance worship had already got a start among the Kiowas but was given up when Ahpeatone came home with his report.

Ahpeatone had made several trips to Washington in the interest of tribal matters and at one conference before the opening of the Kiowa reservation for settlement he refused a large sum of money for himself, saying he was interested in seeing all his people received what was due them and asked no special favors because he was chief. He was many time elected a member of the tribal council.

He was converted and joined the Methodist church about 15 years ago. Six years ago he joined the Rainy Mountain church, and remained a member until his death. After his conversion he took an active part in the work of his church.

Funeral services were held at the Cedar Creek church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning by Rev. Methvin of Anadarko and at Rainy Mountain Mission by Rev. King and burial was made in the Rainy Mountain cemetery. He is survived by his wife and five sons, Ralph, Gus, Lon, Edgar and Jesse, and two daughters, Mrs. Hicks Boyiddle and Mrs. Pickler Boyiddle, all of whom live here.

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Chief Ahpeatone Wooden Lance's Timeline

Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, United States
Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma, USA
July 1, 1886
Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma, USA
July 2, 1895
Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
June 15, 1899
Oklahoma, USA
March 19, 1907
Carnegie, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
August 8, 1931
Age 76
Carnegie, Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States