Viola Jimulla Portrait


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Portrait of Yavapai Tribe Chieftess Viola (Pelhame) Jimulla.

Viola Sica-tuva (Pelhame) Jimulla was born on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in 1878 and was named Sica-tuva, "Born Quickly", by her parents.  She did not have a birth certificate and chose June 15 as her birth date in 1878.  She took the name Viola and her stepfather's last name, Pelhame, when she attended Rice Indian School and Phoenix Indian School. In 1901 Viola married Sam Jimulla and came to Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory.  They had five daughters.  Sam became chief of the Yavapais in Prescott in the mid-1930's and after his accidental death, Viola became chieftess.  Viola was a master basket weaver and one of her designs has been adopted by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe as their tribal seal.  Her ability to care for and work with both the Indian and Anglo cultures had a long-lasting benefit for her people and for the greater Prescott area.  She died on December 7, 1966 and was buried on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation.  Viola was inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.

Source: Sharlot Hall Museum Rose Garden Committee


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