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Native Indian Lore
Standing Bear Pow-wow, third week-end September 2005

The man on the left is Carl Renfro who has worked tirelessly for a number of years to see the completion of this project,  "The Standing Bear Park."  To his right is T. L. Walker. Her duties have been extensive. Her grant writing, physical labor around the park, public speaking, traveling distances to speak on behalf of the project and many more duties have made the project successful.

Under the new steel arbor. For years the observers sat under a traditional willow branch arbor. This year the new steel arbor was completed and this is a picture of it. Sitting under the willow leaf arbor gives a calming to one's mind, reason being that the willow leaves contain a chemical which is the Natives aspirin. After the pow-wow the willow leaves would have been easily crumpled and saved in medicine bags much like someone would carry a bottle of aspirin in their purse today. I miss the old arbors.  My brother, this year's chairman, said that next year he was going to give awards for the best built willow arbors in an attempt to bring the old tradition back.

Charmaine Pensoneau Billy stands on the left in this picture while she obtains this man's name and address so the Chilocco Alumni can send him an invitation for the October 22 meeting at the Conoco Clubhouse, 1500 S. Fourth, Ponca City.  The man on the right wears his contest number, 25.  On his wrist he carries the medicine bag I spoke of above.

This man on the right is Garland Kent, President of this chapter's Chilocco Alumni.  He stands in front of the little booth we had for signing people up to receive an invitation to the up coming meeting. He graduated Chilocco around 1956 a year after I left. Charmaine stands at his left side. Charmaine is a daughter of my mother's brother, Ed Pensoneau. Uncle Ed was active in the early stages with planning for this Standing Bear Park.

This is Chris LittleCook, a descendant of my grandmother's brother, David Little Cook. Chris has a job with the school system here and is very active in helping and working with our Native American Youth. He is well respected for his work. On his right side on the ground you can see two of those orbs talked about in the Ponca pow-wow pictures. These are very small in comparison and I almost missed them. One is the transparent and the other is the real orb with a cross in it.

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