Truman Buff (1906–1996)

That’s how I spent most of my time, among white people
  • Jane Wehrey
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


“I don’t have any Indian stories to tell you,” Truman Buff announced, when I spoke to him late in 1990 about an interview. Then eighty-four years old, Truman was an Owens Valley native and Paiute elder of the Fort Independence tribe. An accomplished musician, he had played in valley dance bands for over five decades, and after retiring in 1971 from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he enjoyed studying Owens Valley history, was a frequent visitor at the local museum, and had been at work for several years compiling a Paiute-English dictionary.


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