The late Florence Whiteman fulfilled the responsibilities of a warrior woman among the Cheyenne people. Hear the stories and legends of her life as told by her son, Chief Phillip Whiteman Jr., in a day of remembrance honoring the Last Cheyenne Warrior Woman on Feb. 4 at Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay.
Florence was the last Warrior Woman of the Elk Scraper Society to go through the original Cheyenne traditional ceremonies. She also holds the distinction of being the last Cheyenne woman to be married for a “bride’s price” of four horses, a payment by the groom or his family to the bride’s parents. She was married in a traditional ceremony in which she did not meet her husband until the ceremony, at the age of 14.
Florence was featured on the History Channel’s Little Bighorn, the Untold Story in which she shares her grandfather’s account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. She is also featured in Herman J. Viola’s book Little Bighorn Remembered – The Untold Indian Story of Custer’s Last Stand, published by Times Books, New York, NY in 1999.
Phillip is Chief of the Northern Cheyenne People’s Council of 44. He is also a traditional medicine man, a teacher and a motivational speaker who guides individuals in utilizing the traditional Native American Medicine Wheel as a model for conscious living. Phillip’s reputation as a cultural consultant, public speaker and storyteller is notable. He served as Northern Cheyenne Culture and Language Consultant for Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks during the filming of the miniseries Into the West.
Registration at Nelson Healing Center opens at 9 am. Participants will gather from 9:30 am to 3 pm, and lunch is included in the $75 fee. Call 920.818.0045 to RSVP. Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit doorcountyhealingcenter.com.