The smiling face of John “Eagle Eye” Schultz welcomed participants and captured their images for posterity as the powwow’s official roving digital photographer. John is the husband of co-hostess Vera-Jane “Little Dove“ Goodin Schultz, who received the title Honorary Chief of the Weeping Waters White Buffalo Lodge in a post-powwow ceremonial ritual conducted by Wanda Sue Parrott (who was named Honorary Chief of the Los Angeles White Buffalo Tribe by Len Fairchuk, Salteaux Indian, in 1968). John Schultz is a professional photographer who covers everything from weddings to senior yearbook photos. To discuss photo coverage of your own special event, or to get copies of photos from the powwow, contact: John Schultz Photography, cell phone 417-827-5096. (For a discount, mention you saw his nickname "Eagle Eye" here.)

Barbara Callahan “Little Crow Walking Eagle” Quin, program co-chair, called the powwow to order at 2 p.m. She is Honorary Chief of the Weeping Waters White Buffalo Tribe. Barbara displayed her children’s book “A White Soaring Bird” from which she read the 1992 message that led to publication of “Spirit Dancer” journal and founding Great Spirit Publishing: “I have come, Little Crow Walking Eagle,” said the voice inside. “It is time to listen to the voice of the Elders, to listen to the Wind and Sky, and feel your Heart Beat in Mother Earth. Little Crow Walking Eagle, time to fly.” For information about “A White Soaring Bird,“ return to the main menu on this website and scroll down to the BOOKS SECTION link and then click on Barbara Callahan Quin.

Reta Stewart Allen, 2009 president of the Springfield Writers’ Guild chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, is one of three SWG presidents who shared their spirit-inspired writings. Reta discussed the synopsis of her Great-Spirit inspired children’s book “Princess Sighing Dove” currently under consideration for publication by her publisher. A devout Christian, Reta was creatively influenced by the Native American spirit, which she welcomed as a muse instead of rejecting it as many fundamentalists might. She explained her beliefs in a brief Q and A dialogue moderated by Wanda Sue Parrott, past president of Springfield Writers‘ Guild. Barbara Callahan Quin was the third spirit-inspired SWG president to address the powwow. Because Reta covered controversial issues that often are deeply divisive between Christians and non-Christians, we are reprinting the dialogue in its entirety in The Weeping Waters Powwow Prose Section.

Twelve-year-old Jessica Quin, daughter of Barbara Callahan “LittleCrow WalkingEagle” Quin, greeted people at the door by handing out programs, having them sign the guest book, and directing them to seats in the circle of chairs that ringed the meeting room of The Oneness Center, 1938 S. Stewart Ave., Springfield, Missouri. Jessica also served as the flute player on the White Buffalo Lodge ritual team’s symbolic re-enactment of death and rebirth (exchanging old ways for new) in the literal/literary closing ceremony entitled “The Last Indian on the Trail of Tears.”

Kathleen Risley (foreground) played the flute while Beau Fearl beat the drum. Through their welcoming statements and spiritual chants, guests were quickly guided into a harmonic vibratory mood for experiencing Great Spirit in one’s own individual way. Kathleen and Beau extended an invitation to all guests to visit the center’s Sunday morning Enlightenment Classes at 9:30 a.m. and other events throughout the month. Included are a dreamer‘s workshop, support group for women who overeat, flow meditation and drumming circles led by Kathleen and Beau. The Oneness Center, a non-profit organization located at 1938 S. Stewart Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65804, is supported entirely by donations. Its low rental fees made our powwow-for-posterity possible. For Oneness Center information, contact Kathleen and Beau:

Mandy “Preyasi” Barke, left, and Yvonne S. Erwin, right, are officers of the Springfield Writers’ Guild who served as stand-in representatives of the Southwest Missouri Indian Center (SMIC), recipient of the Weeping Waters Cultural Heritage Award established by Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Foundation. The award memorializes Native Americans past, present and future in the Springfield/Greene County area. Mandy presented testimony entitled “Preyasi‘s Tribute“ in which she reveals how and why she dyed her hair many colors, and what she is doing now to return to her real roots--as an Apache. Yvonne read her factual report entitled “Where are all the Indians now?--A Contemporary Look at Native American Culture in the Ozarks.“ Their presentations appear in the Weeping Waters Powwow Prose Section.