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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  1. I got to know Woogie during powwows in the early 70s. His wife Eva was one of the classiest ladies I’ve EVER met! I have some lovely photos we took of Woogie preparing for the night’s dancing. One shows me tying one of his wristbands on.

    A truly magnificent gent! Very earthy and mischievous. A fireplug that shot fireworks.

    Pepper

  2. Another thought: Did you know Leonard Anquoe? Kiowa straight dancer married to Woogie’s niece in the 70s. I would love to contact him.

    Pepper

    Note from Cheryl: If anyone knows how to contact Leonard Anquoe, please contact me and I will pass it on to Pepper! Thanks!

  3. Woogie was a raindancer and he danced at my wedding to stop the rain. It worked. I got married outside at the Little River Bluegrass festival and it was pouring rain. He did a dance that stopped the rain over the festival grounds, but it rained in a complete circle all around the festival. Vickie

  4. Cynthia Ann Parker was not chief of the Comanche’s. Her son Quanah Parker was Chief. She was captured during a raid and eventually married to a member of the tribe. As for Woogie, I knew him from childhood and spoke to him often. We lost a valuable member of our tribe that day when he died from surgery in 1993. Where ever he is today, I am sure he is either still dancing or judging someone’s dance.

  5. I bought one of his paintings in Kingman 20 years ago. He had a special style to me and I had never seen his work before. I bought the painting for my daughter as an investment but she diden’t like the style so now it hangs proudly in my home. I found out tonight who he was. Who he is. Thank you WATCHETAKER

  6. I SAW GEORGE WATCHETAKER IN WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS IN 1971.
    A LOCAL RADIO STATION BROUGHT HIM HERE TO DO HIS RAIN DANCE DURING A LONG DROUGHT. THAT WAS MANY YEARS BEFORE TECHNOLOGY, COMPUTERS AND SATELLITES WERE USED TO FORECAST WEATHER PATTERNS. I THOUGHT; “I GOTTA SEE THIS”. I WENT THERE AND GEORGE MADE IT RAIN AND WE ALL GOT WET AND GEORGE SMILED RRRRRRRRREAL BIG. I WAS THERE AND SAW IT HAPPEN AND TO THIS DAY I BELIEVE GEORGE MADE IT RAIN THAT DAY!


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