Old Postcard Titled “Comanche Indians of Oklahoma”

This is an old postcard I found that I wanted to share…

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Could this be our dear friend, Woogie?

Do you know?  Do you recognize anyone else?

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Biography of George “Woogie” Watchetaker – All Music Guide

George “Woogie” Watchetaker

Active: ’30s, ’40s  –  Genre: World

Biography

A performer of powwow music as a vocalist, drummer, and award-winning fancy dancer, George “Woogie” Watchetaker was above all a spiritual leader for Comanche people. Watchetaker was a five-time world-champion fancy dancer, a style of American Indian dances regularly performed at powwows throughout the Indian nations. He was often involved in effective lobbying for recognition of Native Americans within his community, and in the ’90s, he helped spearhead the Crowell, OK, Chamber of Commerce decision to change the name of its annual spring festival to Cynthia Ann Parker Days in honor of the great female Comanche chief Cynthia Ann Parker, or Qanah Parker.

 ~ By Eugene Chadbourne,  All Music Guide

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An Interesting Exchange

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BY

Newspaper Rock

  February 13, 2007

Medicine man heals New Yorkers

American Indian Chief Performs Healing Ceremony for Upper West Siders

A fragrant mix of smoky sage and red willow bark filled an Upper West Side meeting room that’s windows were covered with blankets and plastic sheeting and whose door jams were sealed with duct tape. Standing near the center of the room, an American Indian chief and medicine man, Harold “White Horse” Thompson, chanted and waved stone-filled rattles that pierce the darkness with streaks of light. About 30 men and women who had come to the Children of Life interfaith center sat around the chief. They had come to participate in an American Indian healing ceremony called a Lowampi.

A small but growing number of New Yorkers are embracing Mr. Thompson’s holistic healing philosophy and making periodic trips to meet with him in South Dakota. In November, some of his adherents paid for him to travel to New York City, and last week they brought him back for another two-week stint.  “It’s not about slowing down the pace of New York but bringing a different perspective on life and how we make decisions,” a resident of the East New York section of Brooklyn who is studying to become a Lakota medicine man, Omar Miller, said on Sunday. “New York needs this kind of energy.”  posted by Rob at 10:59 AM

3 Comments:

writerfella said…
Writerfella here —
Ordinarily, writerfella impugns no one’s faith or belief system, save for Tom Cruise’s slavish devotion to Scientology as writerfella is a science fiction writer and knows fully well the scam perpetrated by the Technocrat L. Ron Hubbard. But the ‘Native medicine on demand’ racket is nothing new. True Native healers accept no money or other recompense other than meals, lodging, and transport. This is a prime example of Rob’s stating that Americans do not regard contemporary Native Americans as real people but rather as mystical and ethereal creatures of past history. The ones that writerfella knows as genuine perform their rites and ceremonials for the benefit of all, not merely for an enclave and a paying one, at that. George ‘Woogie’ Watchetaker, a Comanche healer, made quite a name for himself in the 1960s and ’70s by traveling nationwide to do his Comanche rain ceremonies. It seemed a grand show and it attracted people by the hundreds to witness the ceremonials. But what history and news cameras recorded was that ‘Woogie’ never failed to draw rain, no matter how long it had been since it had rained in a given area. Yet, ‘Woogie’ never accepted payment but merely asked for his meals, travel, and lodging.He was a close friend of writerfella’s parents and, before he went on his first such personal appearance, he came to the Bates Motel to speak with writerfella’s mother. “Agatha,” he said, “I want to do this, but am I doing wrong or hurt to the beliefs of our people?” Agatha laughed and said, “No, if for no more reason than you will find out what the White man believes and what he disbelieves. And you’ll get to see parts of our land that you might not see otherwise. Just stay true to what you know and believe, and it will all come out right.” Thus counseled, ‘Woogie’ became a Native man in demand and, surely enough, he saw many parts of the United States that he might have been unable to see on his own.
Sometime soon, writerfella may relate how he brought rain and thunderstorms to Seattle in the summer of 1973, using the same Native knowledge as did ‘Woogie’.
Examine any such reports with those criteria in mind, and then you will know. Yeagley’s gonna be jealous because he picked the wrong game to pursue…
All Best
Russ Bates
‘writerfella’
10:07 PM  
AJ CHIBITTY said…
ALL DO RESPECT TO YOU ROB, BUT A TRUE NATIVE MEDICINE MAN NEVER CHARGES TO HEAL. THAT IN OUR CULTURE IS LIKE GOD CHARGING TO LET THE BLIND SEE IT JUST DON’T HAPPEN. OUR BENEFITS ARE TO SEE THE JOY AND POSITIVE OUTCOME AFTER A HEALING.
MY GRANDFATHER THE LATE GEORGE WOOGIE WATCHETAKER NEVER HAD THE PEOPLE PAY FOR HIS SERVICES. ALSO BEING A MEDICINE MAN ISN’T FOR A SHOW AND TELL PARTY IT IS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUS AND USED FOR ONLY THE HEALING OF A PERSON(S) OR THE HEALING OF OUR MOTHER EARTH.
SEE MY GRANDPA WAS TAUGHT AND LEARNED THE WAYS OF A MEDICINE MAN ALSO HE HAD TO MAKE SACRIFICE TOWARD THIS HONOR. I REMEMBER HIM TELLING STORIES A RELATIVE RECORDED, HE SAID HIS LIFE WAS AT A POINT WHEN HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WANTED TO DO WITH IT. HE DRANK AND SMOKE A LOT ACTUALLY TOO MUCH. WELL ONE DAY HE ASKED THE GREAT SPIRIT TO GUIDE HIM TO HIS DESTINY AND SHOW HIM HIS PURPOSE. WELL THAT NIGHT MY GRANDPA SEEN A SPIRIT AND HE ASKED HIM WHAT HE WANTED. THIS SPIRIT TOLD HIM HE WAS TO BE A MEDICINE MAN BUT BEFORE HE COULD DO THIS HE HAD TO HEAL HIMSELF. MY GRANDPA ASKED WHAT DO I DO TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. THE SPIRIT TOLD HIM HE HAD TO GIVE UP SMOKING AND STOP DRINKING. THAT ONE NIGHT MY GRANDPA COLD TURKEYED. HE BROKE ALL HIS CIGARETTES AND THREW THEM AWAY. HE POURED OUT THE REST OF HIS LIQUOR AND TRASHED THE BOTTLES. HE THEN SET OUT ON THE FIRST VISION QUEST OF THIS NEW CENTURY. HE SAID TO HIS MOM I WILL NOT SHAME MY TRIBE ON THIS QUEST IF I DO NOT SEE ANYTHING I WILL NOT RETURN, BUT IF I DO HAVE MYSELF A VISION I WILL RETURN AND SHARE IT WITH MY TRIBESMAN. HE SET OUT ON THIS VISION QUEST AND HE WAS GONE FOR THREE NIGHTS AND YET DIDN’T HAVE NO VISION. ON THE FOURTH DAY HE SAID IF I DON’T HAVE MYSELF A VISION TONIGHT I WILL START MY TRACK AWAY FROM THIS PLACE AND AWAY FROM MY TRIBE COME DAY BREAK TOMORROW. WELL THAT NIGHT HE SEEN THAT NIGHT MY GRANDPA SEEN A VISION THAT TOLD HIM HE WAITED LONGER THAN ANYONE ELSE MEANING HE WAS DETERMINED. SEE USUALLY MEN WHO GO ON A VISION QUEST WAIT THREE DAYS BUT NO MY GRANDPA WAITED FOUR. WELL HE SAW HIMSELF AN OLDER GENTLEMAN HEALING. HE SAID I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS HEALING OR WHO BUT I KNEW I HAD TO BE A MEDICINE MAN. SO HE CAME BACK AND TALKED TO THE ELDERS. HE TOLD THE ELDERS WHAT HE HAD SEEN. THE ELDERS ALL AGREED THAT HE SEEN THE VISION OF A VISIONARY THAT THESE ISION’S CAN NOT BE MADE UP. THEY ALLOWED HIM TO LEARN AND SACRIFICE WITH THE ELDEST OF THE TRIBES MEDICINE MEN. YOU SEE ROB MY GRANDPA WENT THROUGH AL OT JUST TO BECOME A MEDICINE MAN AND FOR SOME PERSON TO TRY TO MAKE THIS A WHITMAN’S SHOW AND TELL PARTY IS A LITTLE DEGRADING AND VERY UNETHICAL TOO. I DON’T ASK FOR YOU TO APOLOGIZE OR FOR SYMPATHY JUST I ASK FOR STORIES LIKE THIS TO NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY CAUSE MANY NATIVES WILL READ THIS STORY AND BOYCOTT BUSINESS’ NAMED IN THE STORY.
TO YOU MISTER WRITERFELLA MY GRANDFATHER BROUGHT RAIN TO WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS TWICE ONCE IN 1971 AND ANOTHER IN 1982 AS WELL AS MANY OTHER PLACES IN THE USA. I JUST THOUGHT FOR FUTURE REFERENCE YOU MAY FIND IT USEFUL TO SLAP SOMEONE WITH THIS PIECE OF INFO TOO.

 WELL PUT, AJ Chibitty!

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Woogie (George Smith) WatchetakerComanche, 1916 – 1993
Eagle Dancers
, n.d.,  Tempera on board
21 1/2 x 29 1/2″
Purchase, Richard H. and Adeline J. Fleischaker Collection, 1996

 

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Oklahoma Capitol With Statue, “As Long As The Waters Flow”

REMEMBERING A MOMENT IN HISTORY

Oklahoma Capitol With Statue,  “As Long As The Waters Flow

Allan Houser’s monumental tribute to Native Americans, As Long As the Waters Flow, was dedicated on June 4, 1989. Among those in attendance was legendary Comanche medicine man George Woogee Watchetaker, traditional Indian flute players Doc Tate Nevaquaya and Woodrow Haney, as well as Governor Henry Bellmon. Watchetaker led a prayer of dedication and conducted a native ritual by use of smoke from burning cedar chips and sage. The traditional elements of the dedication held true to the powerful meaning of legacy within the statue. As Long As the Waters Flow refers to President Andrew Jackson’s vow to Native Americans that they shall posses their land “as long as the grass grows and the rivers run.” The fifteen-foot bronze statue exudes Houser’s artistic style. Lacking intricate representative detailing, the large solid planes among the surface denote strength within an everlasting presence. Her traditional attire is complete with an eagle feather fan, which is considered a sacred symbol among Native American cultures.

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 Allan (far right) at 1989 dedication of “As Long as the Waters Flow” at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building.

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I was made an Honorary Colonel of the 91st Infantry Division

I had the great honor of drawing a portrait of Oscar G. Johnson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 363rd infantry, 91st infantry Division, and recipient of the Medal of Honor for Valor. He is one of many who have chosen a path of great personal sacrifice so that we can live in a free country, and I honor them all and thank them for all they and their families have given.

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CITATION:

The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

JOHNSON, OSCAR G.


Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 363rd Infantry, 91st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Scarperia, Italy, 1618 September 1944. Entered service at: Foster City, Mich. Birth: Foster City, Mich. G.O. No.: 58, 19 July 1945.

Citation: (then Pfc.) He practically single-handed protected the left flank of his company’s position in the offensive to break the German’s gothic line. Company B was the extreme left assault unit of the corps. The advance was stopped by heavy fire from Monticelli Ridge, and the company took cover behind an embankment. Sgt. Johnson, a mortar gunner, having expended his ammunition, assumed the duties of a rifleman. As leader of a squad of 7 men he was ordered to establish a combat post 50 yards to the left of the company to cover its exposed flank. Repeated enemy counterattacks, supported by artillery, mortar, and machine gun fire from the high ground to his front, had by the afternoon of 16 September killed or wounded all his men. Collecting weapons and ammunition from his fallen comrades, in the face of hostile fire, he held his exposed position and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy, who several times came close enough to throw hand grenades. On the night of 1617 September, the enemy launched his heaviest attack on Company B, putting his greatest pressure against the lone defender of the left flank. In spite of mortar fire which crashed about him and machine gun bullets which whipped the crest of his shallow trench, Sgt. Johnson stood erect and repulsed the attack with grenades and small arms fire. He remained awake and on the alert throughout the night, frustrating all attempts at infiltration. On 17 September, 25 German soldiers surrendered to him. Two men, sent to reinforce him that afternoon, were caught in a devastating mortar and artillery barrage. With no thought of his own safety, Sgt. Johnson rushed to the shell hole where they lay half buried and seriously wounded, covered their position by his fire, and assisted a Medical Corpsman in rendering aid. That night he secured their removal to the rear and remained on watch until his company was relieved. Five companies of a German paratroop regiment had been repeatedly committed to the attack on Company B without success. Twenty dead Germans were found in front of his position. By his heroic stand and utter disregard for personal safety, Sgt. Johnson was in a large measure responsible for defeating the enemy’s attempts to turn the exposed left flank.

Upon completion and presentation of the artwork, I was made “Honorary Colonel Cheryl Davis” by the 91st Infantry Division, The Powder River Division, Army of the United States, WWII, an elite infantry combat unit, second to none! (Friends of the 91st Division). An Honorary Colonel of Infantry & Honorary Member! What a great honor.

Thank you 91st!

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These guys are my heroes!

Thank you for your service & sacrifices!

MEMORIAL DAY – 2007

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Volunteers place flags on veteran’s graves at Riverside National Cemetery

12:13 PM PDT on Sunday, May 27, 2007

By MELISSA EISELEIN

The Press-Enterprise RIVERSIDE – When Brenda Johnson went to visit her husband’s grave at Riverside National Cemetery on Saturday, she did not expect to see a flag on his grave site and thousands more waving in the wind.“I just think this is so great. It makes it so beautiful,” Johnson said. “It’s a nice surprise.”With the help of friends, retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bob Markham, of Redlands, placed about 3,000 flags in a section of the cemetery where Johnson’s husband, Oscar Johnson, is buried. It is the same section where Markham’s wife, Winona, was interred after her death in 2002.

Other people, including Daughters of the American Revolution member Mary Spangler, of Riverside, were also out Saturday placing flags on the graves of loved ones in preparation for Memorial Day. On Monday, Riverside National Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military. Riverside Concert Band will open the event with a musical presentation at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony will be Naval Reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike Vanderwood. Vanderwood was stationed in Iraq and Kuwait, cemetery spokesman James Rich said Riverside National Cemetery has the nation’s second largest Memorial Day ceremony with about 10,000 people attending each year. The only other cemetery with a larger turnout is Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.Markham started a Saturday tradition of putting a flag on his wife’s grave site about four years ago. He also places flags on the graves of friends and 51 military men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. In all, he places about 80 flags each Saturday, he said.

Before major military holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day, Markham pulls out every flag he owns and enlists the help of friends and others to place them at the head of many markers in section 57a, where about 4,000 people are interred, he said.

“Every one of the flags you see here is privately donated. They don’t come from the government,” Markham said.

Darren Harden, of Menifee, his wife, Michele, and 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, were among the volunteers helping Markham set out his flags. They came in memory of the sailors Harden knew in the Navy who did not return from war, he said.

“This is our first time doing this, but there will be many more to come,” Michele Harden said.

Some facts about the 91st Div.:

Awards:

Medals of Honor: 6

Thousands of Lesser Awards for Valor

Citations:

Presidential Unit Citations: 3

Division Citations: 1

Casualties:

WWI: Killed in Action 1,134

WWII: Killed in Action 1400

WWI: WIA: 4,974

WWII: WIA: 7,344

WWI: Total: 6,108

WWII: Total: 8,744

 

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