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Native Indian Lore
Standing Bear Pow-Wow


It always amazes me how much juggling and balancing it takes to follow through on honoring folks for their many years of work during the pow-wow. Our meager efforts are really nothing compared to the life time of work these recipients have provided for their community. Nevertheless, it did take some maneuvering to get everything in place at the right time.

First of all it was necessary to have Mother's agreement to be involved. No problem really, but still during the pow-wow everything is going on at once. Entertaining guests, cooking and keeping a watchful eye on children keeps the women busy. Mother is quick though. She knew when they drum beat finished the "cooks" song, Alice Sheeter would be available since this is one of her big chores. I did not and would have not known the property time to enter the circle.

It was our wish to honor the Braden family with a small gift because of their  contributions for so many years. This was no problem since one of their family was in the audience.

Archie Mason, the master of ceremonies is of the Osage tribe true to his calling is knowledgeable about the people around him. Because of this he called attention to the fact that Mother was the oldest lady member of the tribe, thus Mother was honored as well. Her "Indian" wave she gave to the audience received another round of applause as well as laughter.

Here is the poem written for the Braden family:

Why We Honored the Braden Name

During the yearly pow-wow
We honor a person of the locale
For their worthy, good deeds then and now,

At the sacred circle for their name there goes out  a call.
Within it they step surrounded by love's wall
People can know these folk did not fall.

This year the Braden family my family honored
They deserve more than the small gift toward
This gain not enough to go forward.

The Braden family, early day pioneers,
Settled a wild land with no fears
Carried their neighbor's trials and tears.

Some of them were lawyers doing legal work.
Others took on the matters of social work.
Business for meat packing was also work.

Their family had educators stepping through that door
Ranchers heard the lonely coyotes implore
We could go on, there is more.

For our family, Braden's nursing care for our dear father,
Was a gift greater than any other
For me, my brothers, sister and mother.

So we honor that family with a small gift of merit
For Braden's and all those who see and cheer it.


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