• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

Stories of the Elders

 Mrs. Emma Lou Standing Water Brewer
Participants listen to traditional Native American stories told by Mrs. Emma Lou Standing Water Brewer
NPS Photo

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News Release Date: January 17, 2014
Contact: Kathryn Harrison, 580-497-2742

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Presents

Stories of the Elders

 

Continuing the tradition of storytelling during the month of the Snow Moon, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site will host four Wednesday programs at the park's visitor center on February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 3:30 until 5:00.

 

Story-telling was one of the ways that the Native Americans passed down their teachings, culture and traditions to the next generation.  The stories were usually told during wintertime after the evening meal. Everyone would find a place to sit quietly around the fire, the tipi door would be closed and the storyteller would begin. This year's stories will cover a broader spectrum of different cultures and traditions.

 

Bob Rea, Director of Fort Supply Historic Site will be the first storyteller on February 5th. On February 12th, Mrs. Emma Lou Standing Water Brewer will be returning on February 12th, and Misty Mouser of the U.S. Forest Service's Black Kettle National Grassland will talk about her Choctaw/Cherokee heritage on February 19th, and will share the story of Smokey Bear on February 26th.

 

You don't have to be a kid to come listen to these stories.  Everyone is welcome. So, come see us, have some hot chocolate and cookies and listen to the storyteller weave a tale.

 

Did You Know?

Pre-dawn Attack

As Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men rode towards Black Kettle's camp, they endured four days of blizzard conditions. Several troopers were affected by the inclement weather, including field surgeons, Henry Lippincott and William Renicke, both of whom were stricken with snow blindness.