Manataka® American Indian Council



Honoring Our Beautiful Sister




Memorial and Celebration of Life

Patricia Blue Star Speaks Burdette

February 28, 1956  -  January 15, 2010

Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette plays the World Drum, July 2008


Memorial Services and Celebration of Life Ceremonies

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 1 p.m.

At the foot of the sacred Manataka Mountain

Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds, Hwy 70b, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas



Manataka Gathering June 2006

Turpentine Creek Powwow June 2006

Tara Studios - Blue Bird of Happiness Factory 2006

Manataka Monthly Membership Meeting

May 2006

Turpentine Creek Pow Wow, June 2007

Patti's 50th Birthday

Becky's 53rd, March, 2006

Patti's Birthday with Becky

March, 2006

Women's Retreat, May 2007



Blue Box of Oneness


Red Box of Wholeness


The friends of Patricia Blue Star Speaks Burdette felt a great loss in her passing on January 15, 2010. 

A special remembrance Blue Star box was created by Amanda Morning Star Moore and will contain letters,

notes and mementos from her friends and family.  A second Red box will contain prayer ties. 


We invite you to contribute words of farewell, pictures, small gifts and prayer ties before February 28 or

 bring them to Memorial Services. The two boxes will be given to the family and David Quiet Wind Furr.

The  loss of our dear friend and Elder of Manataka has been difficult and we thank you for your prayers and support.


Amanda Morning Star and Patti Blue Star sing Christmas carols

A cold and rainy day during Eagle Watch at Lake Degray

(L - R) Lee Standing Bear, David Quiet Wind,

Rick Wind Caller Porea, Patti Blue Star Speaks and Becky Flaming Owl Moore

Patti Spends the Day In Jail Loving It! Loving It 2
California Beach At Peace At Manataka California Beach


Soul Mates for Eternity




provided during Memorial Ceremonies

Gulpha Gorge Sacred Circle at Manataka

February 28, 2010




Patricia Lynn Burdette-Furr


February 28, 1956


January 15, 2010    

Patti Blue Star Speaks Burdette

She leaves her eternal soul mate David Furr of Hot Springs, AR; daughter Tricia Ploesch of Seattle, WA, step-daughter, Samantha Furr-Tolliver of Hot Springs, AR; father, Paul R. Burdette of West Virginia; mother, Doris Bly of North Carolina, mother-in-law, Dottie Furr of Hot Springs, AR; brother, Ron Burdette of Oklahoma City, OK; sisters, Sandy Burdette of Royal, AR and Celoa Hansen of Menifee, CA; special nephew, Brandon Burdette; and several nieces. She was delighted to become a grandma this May to two beautiful little girls. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joey Burdette.

She was a Ceremonial Elder of the Manataka American Indian Council for the past 3 years. She was an active member of Ouachita Travelers Motorcycle Riding Club and a devoted member of the Thursday Night Mixed Bowling League.

She loved her Native American heritage and proudly contributed to the lives of others on the good Red Road.

Special Thanks


To Creator, for giving the world such a special gift. We were all blessed by Patti’s presence and love. Thank you.


To David Furr, her life partner and best friend, the one she gave her love, admiration and respect, for teaching her true love does exist.


To Patti’s spiritual family and friends, you were the ones that helped her put one foot in front of the other each and everyday. Thank you for being there in good times and in the bad.


To all of the ones that helped create this wonderful day in honor of our sister and friend.


Thank you for being the light that made her star shine so brightly that all the world could see. 



published in the Sentinel Record,

January 17, 2010


     ROYAL - Patti Burdette, 53, of Royal, died Friday, January 15, 2010.

     She was born February 28, 1956, in West Virginia to Paul R. Burdette and Doris Jane Welch-Burdette.  She worked as a secretary in the medical field.

Her ex-husband, Steven Ploesh and brother, Joey Burdette preceded her in death.

Survivors include her eternal soul mate and fiancé David Quiet Wind Furr of Hot Springs; daughter Dr. Tricia Ploesch of Seattle, WA; father, Paul R. Burdette of West Virginia; mother, Doris Bly and husband, Bob of North Carolina; brother, Ron Burdette and wife, Sabrina of Oklahoma City, OK; sisters, Sandy Burdette and husband, Pete Sholmer of Royal and Celoa Hansen and husband, Kevin of Menifee, Ca; special newphew, Brandon Burdette; and several nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221.

There will be no services at this time.

Guest register is at


Patti Blue Star Speaks with some of her hundreds of friends