Native Profile – Warren Craig Queton
Warren Craig Queton
Kiowa, Seminole and Cherokee
What’s your upcoming Pow Wow schedule?
Oct 8-9, Kiowa Black Leggings Ceremonial
Oct 29, Kiowa Tia-piah Society Halloween Pow-wow
Where do you currently live?
What is your favorite Pow Wow?
Cherokee Holiday, Tahlequah OK
Otoe Encampment, Red Rock, OK
University of Oklahoma Spring Pow-wow
Kiowa Tia-piah Society Annual Ceremonies, Carnegie, OK
Who is your favorite Native American drum?
Wild band of Comanches
What transportation do you use to get to Pow Wow?
For major trips I utilize the airlines but for small day drives I use my personal vehicle.
Will gas prices or other obligations affect your pow-wow schedule?
Yes, the price of gas and food has risen considerably and will continue to do so in this economic recession. I love to travel and pow-wow but I also maintain a home that requires me to pay bills and purchase food. I work a full time job as an academic counselor at the University of Oklahoma Upward Bound Program. I also serve in the Oklahoma National Guard one weekend of every month so that cuts down on my pow-wow time as well.
What’s your favorite music?
I am an eclectic music listener. I love all types from rock and roll to jazz, pow-wow and Native American music to some flute music. I would have to say my favorite music are the jazz crooners type of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis Jr. I enjoy hearing their songs and watching their style.
What other skills do you have?
I am working on my masters in Applied Linguistic Anthropology at OU. I sing Kiowa Church Hymns and NAC songs. I like being a homemaker, cooking and keep a neat house. I write poetry and short stories as well.
What’s your day job?
I am an Academic Coordinator for the Sooner Upward Bound program. I work with 50 low income, first generation high school student from five Oklahoma City inner city public schools.
What do you like to do when not at a Pow Wow?
Hunting and Fishing
What advice would you give young Native American people that look up to you?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Man in the Arena Poem
What’s your advice for other Native American dancers?
Don’t dance to impress others or think your going to win but dance for those people who enjoy watching you. Maybe someone out there can’t walk or dance and so seeing you in the arena giving it all you got makes them feel good. Dance from your heart and your spirit and people will get a blessing from it.
What is your most memorable Pow Wow moment?
My most memorable pow-wow moments come from dancing with my grandfathers.
What is your Pow Wow Pet Peeve?
Smelly Indian Clothes and people that play around in the arena.
What do you wish you could take out of Pow Wows?
Giveaways because they take a long time and sometimes kill the spirit of the dance. Plus I wish I could get rid of MC Bad Jokes.
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