|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1916|
|Death: ||May 27, 1993|
Wife was Eva Tooahimpah.
COMANCHE NATION TO HONOR WATCHETAKER TODAY.
MARCH 13, 2010
The Comanche Nation will honor an enigmatic Indian "Renaissance Man" with a posthumous building dedication and old war dance ceremonial today.
The Comanche Nation Tribal Complex will be alive in the spirit of the late George "Woogie" Watchetaker with today's dedication and celebration. The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m., followed by a retrospective of pictures, video, stories and fellowship. A cedar ceremony followed by remarks by friends and family and a reception will begin at noon. Gourd and social dancing will begin at 2 p.m. and, following a supper break at 6 p.m., the calling song will be sung in his honor at 7 p.m. Intertribal and contest dancing will round out the honorarium. The public is invited.
Celebration Head Staff will be the following: Comanche Chairman Michael Burgess and Comanche Business Committeeman Eddie Mahseet, masters of ceremonies; Wild Band of Comanches, singers; Vincent Pocowatchit, war dancer; Willie Nelson Sr. and Glen Heminokeky, arena directors.
The tribe's business committee renamed the gym to Watchetaker Hall during its January meeting. An expansion and renovation project that added 4,640 square-feet of space was completed in September.
Watchetaker was born in Elgin, May 16, 1917, and died at age 77 in Lawton on May 27, 1993. He is buried at Fort Sill's Otipoby Cemetery.
George Smith "Woogie" Watchetaker was a full-blood Comanche of the Antelope and Root-Eater Bands. He was a world champion fancy war dancer, a rainmaker, a former member of the Comanche Business Committee, a painter, a flutist, a spiritual leader, a lobbyist for Native American rights, semi-pro baseball player, goodwill ambassador and a singer of Native songs, CBC member Lanny Asepermy wrote in a biography of Watchetaker.
As a teenager, Watchetaker was adopted into the family of the Comanche war chief, Quanah Parker. He attended the Haskell Indian School and studied art under Olaf Nordmark. He worked as a decorator, sign painter, lecturer, Indian dancer and a movie actor he made numerous television and movie appearances. He made his home in Elgin.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Eva Tooahimpah Watchetaker (1915 - 1993)*
Otipoby Comanche Cemetery
Created by: Cokeman2
Record added: Jan 28, 2010
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Ah, Woogie.... how I miss you. Watched your video of how you got your nickname. Very funny. We had good times at the art shows and Pow Wows, didn't we? And it sure was fun traveling to Florida with you. I've slowed my driving down since then, my frie...(Read more)|
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