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At powwow, an echo of history
7/4/2006

Bugler helps Kiowa clan remember revered hero

CARNEGIE -- During the three days of the Carnegie powwow, dancers from the Kiowa Gourd Clan will come from near and far, wearing traditional clothes to dance, pay tribute to their ancestors and listen to a bugler whose actions bring to mind a story of daring and bravery.
Bugler Bill Bartee dons period cavalry clothing and endures the brutal July heat to accompany the powwow's drumbeats in Carnegie, about 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
Although his woolen cavalry uniform sets him apart from the crowd, Bartee doesn't feel a bit out of place.
"I have to admit, when I first started, I was nervous because I was a white guy," he said.
Bartee wears knee-high riding boots, leather gloves, a military hat and a beaded knife scabbard.
All afternoon and evening, he periodically stands beside the dancers to blow his bugle.
His role helps recount the tale of Satanta, or White Bear, one of the greatest Kiowa war leaders.
Satanta's descendants are scattered throughout these parts.
Satanta led, defended and protected his people in tenuous times.
He bartered for their welfare and was their historical equivalent of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, said Joe Dupoint, the clan's secretary.
The bugler-Kiowa tie began in the late 1800s.
As the tribes struggled to adapt to their settled life, some members resisted, leading to many skirmishes with the soldiers at nearby Fort Sill in Lawton, Dupoint said.
During one battle, Satanta noticed a thin, high-pitched sound and saw that it would sometimes cause the soldiers to advance and at other times to retreat.
Fascinated by the strategy, Satanta decided to capture the instrument from the soldier who blew it -- and he did, Dupoint said.
The Army bugle was one of the most treasured war trophies of their great leader. But Satanta also put it to practical use, taking it into battles, where he would blow "retreat" or "advance" signals to confuse the soldiers.
The clan brings out the war trophy and hangs it up for all to see on the last day of the powwow.
Bartee knows the story and realizes his part in the tradition.
The clan's vice president, Tim Tsoodle, said the bugle tradition belongs to the Kiowa people and is not meant to be copied by other gourd clans.
"On the Fourth (of July), we practice the spiritual aspect of this society, and the bugler is an important part of this," he said.
Bartee, who has been blowing the bugle for 30 years at the annual powwow, married into one of the Kiowa families that camp at the three-day event.
This Fourth of July weekend, the sun is not so brutal.
The fry bread is hot, and the food is plentiful in every camp.
Periodic breezes make the heat bearable.
It's a good day to remember the old ways, said Dupoint, a descendant of Satanta's.
"When you look at Bill amongst all the Indians, he looks like a captive, dressed in his Army uniform," he said.
"And when he blows the bugle, it encourages the people. It gives you a chill to hear it still because of what it means."
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I can't imagine the bugler not being there at KGC ceremonial. Mr. Bartee does a great job for us. 30 years now, that is amazing. When you hear the charge, or the retreat, it does make you feel chills. Makes you want to dance a little harder, whoop a little more. We are grateful for Mr. Bartee's service......
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