Ceremonies & Prizes
Although an open mic segment of the powwow featured spontaneous recitals and readings by guests of their own original writings, we neither have written records of such Works nor permission to publish them. Therefore, the only poems in this online memorial were written by the event’s co-chairpersons, Honorary White Buffalo Tribe chiefs Wanda Sue Parrott (both as Prairie Flower and as herself) and her successor, Barbara Callahan Quin, as LittleCrow WalkingEagle and as herself.
Barbara Callahan “LittleCrow WalkingEagle” Quin (above left) was named Honorary Chief of the Weeping Waters White Buffalo Tribe by Wanda Sue Parrott following the powwow on March 29, 2009. |
The “tribe” is symbolic rather than physical, and traditional rather than new age. It is not a club or fraternal organization and, therefore, has neither rules for membership nor dues to be paid. In essence, it is a loosely affliated body of Native American lineage within the vast, free body of Great Spirit, aka “The Creator.” She succeeds Wanda Sue “Prairie Flower” Parrott as director of creative programs in the “Place of Weeping Waters“ region of Southwest Missouri.
Leonard William “White Buffalo” Fairchuk, Salteaux Indian of Manitoba, Canada, named Wanda Sue Parrott Honorary Chief of the Los Angeles White Buffalo Tribe at its namesake White Buffalo Workshop in 1968. A champion fiddler, Len left his job as artist and set designer in the motion picture industry in Hollywood to return to Canada where he produced the popular TV show “The Western Hour” for nearly twenty years. It starred talented “First Nation” artists performing in everything from country bands to duck-calling contests. Len died April 4, 2004 at age 71. He was posthumously inducted into the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame in 2005.Click Here for their website
||Jessica Quin’s hand-decorated wooden flute played a tune for each participant who symbolically let go of the old to welcome the new during the closing ritual known as The Last Indian on the Trail of Tears. Each person received a memorial scroll containing the opening and closing poems reprinted here, along with the pebble from the property being released to posterity. Jessica, 12, is daughter of Barbara Callahan “LittleCrow WalkingEagle” Quin.|
Delane “Pocahontas” Parrott (left) and Vera-Jane “Little Dove” Goodin Schultz (right) were named Honorary Chiefs of the Weeping Waters White Buffalo Lodge following the powwow. They pose here at the closing-ceremony table from which each participant selected a keepsake pea-gravel pebble from Wanda Sue Parrott’s (center) Weeping Waters home/office. Delane “Pocahontas“ catered the feast, assisted by Vera-Jane “Little Dove“ (wife of photographer John “Eagle Eye” Schultz). Delane and her husband Charles “Moon Driver” Parrott made or decorated powwow artifacts, including drums, the “death rattle gourd”, flute played by Jessica Quin, and hand-tooled leather “Trail of Tears” map in the background. Delane is a talented party-giver/caterer whose prices are affordably magic. Contact: Parties by Parrott, email@example.com.|
LAST TEARDROPS ON THE TRAIL OF TEARS AWARD
Each participant received a turquoise foam teardrop handcrafted by Delane Pocahontas Parrott on which to write his or her name. One name was drawn from the Last Teardrops on The Trail of Tears Award basket for a surprise door prize at the conclusion of the powwow: the colorful fleece blanket bearing the image of Wayah a (Wolf in Cherokee), also known as The Watcher, which served as a table centerpiece.
In traditional aboriginal dream interpretation, the wolf was/is a universal symbol in which the spirit of the animal is a guide. It leads the individual to whom it appears toward the path of righteousness, fairness, strength, understanding and enlightenment.
Wayah--pronounced Wah-yah--is a teacher. So was Wayah’s winner. Tom Withers, past president of Springfield Writers’ Guild, was a school psychologist in California before retiring in Missouri.
The universal symbolism of the Wayah blanket extends into the modern-day world of international business. The prize Native American Indian blanket was made in China!
Yvonne Londres, 2008 Senior Poet Laureate Poster Poet from Texas, contributed $20 toward kicking off a new poetry contest in which one man or woman, writing in the Native American or aboriginal genre, will receive cash and the title of White Buffalo Poet Laureate. Added to her sponsorship donation was $48 received at the powwow. Londres’ interest in Native Americans extends back to childhood when she first witnessed the spirit of an elder about whom she later wrote a poem. She is an award-winning poet who enjoys entering adult beauty pageants. When details about the forthcoming White Buffalo Poet Laureate Prize are finalized, we will announce them in our CONTESTS Section and through our newsletter The Diploemat, which will be sent online. For more about Yvonne Londres, click here