In a Newark Advocate article, historian Laura Evans profiled Ralph Weeks Allan, a Denison student and member of the Pawnee. According to Evans, “In the 1920s, Ralph Weeks Allen, or Kuruks Pahetu in Pawnee, played football for Denison University and studied voice. He was a fine tenor who followed his Denison experience with study at Julliard.
“Ralph Allen left Denison one semester short of his degree. He worked as a singer, actor and model, making his home in New York City. His work most often had a Native American direction. Ralph was born in a tepee on the tribe’s Oklahoma reservation. He learned his people’s songs and dances from his mother.
“In 1931, Denison theater professor Richard Woellhaf wrote a play to feature Ralph Allen. The professor spent spring vacation in Oklahoma visiting Ralph’s tribe, whose chief was Ralph’s father. They were treated to feasts and the pipe ceremony. The play’s title is 'The Living Mist.'
“In 1930 Ralph Allen was featured in a Paramount film, 'The Silent Enemy.' The enemy is starvation. In 1936 he appeared on Broadway in Lynn Riggs’ play, 'Russet Mantle.' He played an American Indian.
“The Department of the Interior named Ralph Allen 'one of the outstanding Indians of today' in 1933. He appeared in various radio and television productions.”