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Too-qua-stee, also known as DeWitt Clinton Duncan, was born in the Cherokee Nation in Georgia in 1829. A poet, short story writer, and essayist, he was an attorney for the Cherokee Nation and a translator of Cherokee law, as well as a teacher of Latin, English, and Greek. His writing appeared frequently in periodicals, primarily the Cherokee Advocate and the Indian Chieftain. He died in 1909.