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Old 07-20-2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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"A Man with an Indian heart"

This was in this mornings Richmond Times Dispatch....Richmond, Virginia. Thoughts anyone???? Colonial Heights man receives honorary name of 'Eagleheart' He may have once been a New York banker, but Harold "Eagleheart" Green of Colonial Heights is a Virginia Indian now.

While a man in his 70s with a strong Brooklyn accent may not bring "Indian" to mind, Green's turquoise-bejeweled fingers, a feathered walking staff and moccasin-covered feet are obvious clues.

Green recently received the honorary name, "Eagleheart" at a ceremony officiated by Occaneechi-Saponi tribal elder John "Blackfeather" Jeffries of Mebane, N.C.

The name and a feather from a yellow-shafted flicker were presented by Fred "Blue Eagle" Wilson, a member of the Mohawk tribe who said of Green, "He is a brother to me."

Although Green is not an Indian by blood, Wilson sees him as "a man with an Indian heart." The honorary name recognizes the sentiment.

It's not Green's only honor in recent months. He has also been named "Legionnaire of the Year" for his service to disabled veterans and his performance as membership chairman for the Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284.

The honors are not entirely disparate.

"The Indians show great respect for American war veterans," said Green, a Purple Heart veteran of the Korean War. "They have a ceremony to honor the veterans at every powwow."

Green's fascination with and love for the Indian way of life began in 1992, when he first visited the Pamunkey reservation in King William County. Seeing the burial mound of Chief Powhatan stirred Green's sense of the history and importance of native people.

A few years later, Green played a large part in ensuring that the massive Chief Powhatan sculpture in front of the American Tobacco Co. building in Chester was moved to the reservation. It's now proudly displayed there in front of the Pamunkey Indian Museum.

Since then, with his vast collection of Indian art and artifacts serving as props, "Eagleheart" has spent many hours speaking at schools and community meetings about the history, way of life and plight of Virginia Indians.

Believing that powwows are an opportunity for the public to learn about and get involved with local tribes, Green always has a list of upcoming events on hand.

He's easy to spot in his sticker-adorned sport utility vehicle carrying a carved wooden Indian sitting tall in the passenger seat.

If you miss seeing Green, visit www.tipofthefeather.com for photos and listings of some upcoming powwows.


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Old 07-20-2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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This guy Green sounds like a decent person...decorated vet and all. Too bad he had to fall in with a person like "Blackfeather". Anything he's involved with has to be hokie.
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This guy Green sounds like a decent person...decorated vet and all. Too bad he had to fall in with a person like "Blackfeather". Anything he's involved with has to be hokie.
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what so hokie about it Singerdad
He fought in a war and the indians wanna honor him fo his service.
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what so hokie about it Singerdad
He fought in a war and the indians wanna honor him fo his service.
Either you didn't read the post right or you don't know John 'Blackfeather'.
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Either you didn't read the post right or you don't know John 'Blackfeather'.
Exactly! I wasn't saying the guy was hokie. Re-read it white pow wow dancer....I said the guy (Green) seems cool, but Blackfeather is completely hokie.
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Either you didn't read the post right or you don't know John 'Blackfeather'.
OK I didn't understand. This train going back on the side track.
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So.............. "blackfeather's" not cool?

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Question - If an Indian guy has a brand spankin new car, is stingy, ungrateful, never shares, wants only more money, - does he have a white heart?
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Yup.. definitly something to think about...
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Before reading the thread, I thought this guy had a transplant or something.

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