Harvey Ware, 77, a respected elder and leader of the Indian community in Wichita, died Friday.
Friends and associates praised Ware, a Kiowa, as a vital link to the past who was instrumental in keeping the Indian traditions and ceremonies alive and passing them on.
Charlie Greenfeather, himself a longtime member of Wichita’s Indian community, said Ware’s “life was what they call the powwow way. He traveled around the country to powwows.”
Greenfeather said Ware was the drum man, who led the ceremonies: “He knew all the Indian songs. . . . He’s going to be missed in this community.”
Richard Mitchell, director of the Mid-America All-Indian Center, said Ware “was a living treasure” who’s knowledge of Indian history and tradition had been instrumental to the center.
Mitchell said Ware thought it was important to teach Indian children the dances and songs that were such an important part of their culture.
”Harvey was kind of like a dad to me,” Mitchell said. “He was just really special.”
Ware died Friday afternoon, a short time before a ceremony at the Hunter Health Clinic in which an examination room was dedicated in honor of him and his wife, Priscilla.
Ware was one of many Indians who came to Wichita from the Oklahoma reservation during World War II to work in the aircraft factories.
”They came for the jobs and out of patriotism,” said Wil Woosypiti, another Wichita Indian.
”He was 100 percent Indian,” said Woosypiti, adding that Ware still spoke the Kiowa language fluently.
Funeral arrangements for Ware are pending at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary.
Source: Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Saturday, November 5, 1988
HARVEY L. WARE, 77, of 2509 S. Roosevelt, retired Riverside Hospital maintenance worker, died Friday, Nov. 4, 1988. Service 1:30 p.m. Monday, Culbertson-Smith Mortuary.
Survivors: wife, Priscilla; sons, Truman, Travis, Tyrell, all of Wichita; daughters, Trula of Tulsa, Travene of Wichita; brother, Daniel Linn of Wichita; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the Mid-America All-Indian Center.
Source: Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Sunday, November 6, 1988