Manataka® American Indian Council



Proudly Presents





2011 Manataka Powwow


September 30 - October 2

Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds, Hot Springs National Park, AR



Your souvenir program will list a schedule of events


SONG - No powwow is complete without the songbirds...


Quatisi is a member of the Cree Nation. Her tremendous natural talent is a gift of the Creator honed to perfection by her loving and musically talented father. Her strikingly beautiful appearance combined with a gentle touch and warm phrasing makes delivery of her songs clear with a bit of mystique and a sense of confidence. borne of the connection with her music and culture.


Quatisi has opened for many well-known artists around the country. She moved to Nashville in the early 90's and became a studio artist for several years. But, she says there seemed to be something missing. She loved country music but it just didn't make the same connection that Native American music stirred within. Quatisi felt a strong desire  " let people know my native ways," she remembers.


Quatisi has great love and admiration of American Indian music. Her fan club includes members from all parts of the United States and Europe.  "Quatisi is a very modest woman and one great performer," says Tennessee music producer James E. Monahon of Shadagea Publishing.


Quatisi's music means something.  It moves you.  Her music transports the listener to the land and people of her native heritage.


Career Highlights:
2002-2008,2010 Native American Music Awards Nominee
Winner 2004 Native American Music Award Winner 2004,2005,2006 Silver Arrow Award
2005 Winner Folk/Country Award Native American Music
2005 & 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 ISMA Nominee
Candidate for nomination for a Grammy 2006
Winner 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards
Song Writer (Native American Television) NATV


FLUTE MUSIC - There is no vibration as sweet as the American Indian flute


William "Woodpecker" Worden

William learned the art of flute-making on the Seminole Reservation in Southern Florida.  He was instructed and guided by Sonny Novaquaya, the son of the late Doc Tate Nevaquoya, who is credited with bringing about a resurgence of the flute after many years of dormancy in American Indian culture.


Legend has it that the first wood flute was made by nature and found by chance.  An Indian brave walking through the woods kept hearing a strange and melodic sound each time the wind would blow.  He followed the music to it's source.  The young brave found that a hollow branch had snapped and was barely clinging to the tree.  The wind was blowing through holes that had been made by a woodpecker searching for food.  The young brave broke off the branch and the magic of the flute was born.  William is an Artist on Tour and Artist in Education with the Arkansas Arts Council and is available for presentations and workshops for schools and civic organizations.



Amanda Morning Star Moore

The Manataka Drum Society invites you to come on an adventure to learn ancient songs, have fun and fellowship with men and women walking the good Red Road.

The American Indian drum is one of the most revered instruments in the world. Just like humans, each drum has its own unique voice and vibration. There are different sizes, shapes and traditions
relating to the indigenous drum. The Manataka American Indian Council is honored to embrace and teach traditions of the ceremonial and hand drum, rattle and song.

Amanda ‘Morning Star’ Moore, drum leader says, “The drum has a lesson for us all. It has faced much adversity yet it continues on in hopes of a brighter future for the people and the Mother Earth. The drum and I are quite alike. We both want what is best for the people. They hold a special place in our hearts and it reverberates in our song.”


The Manataka Drum Society welcomes all ages and ethnicities. No experience is required. This is a wonderful bonding experience that includes fun, laughter, learning, creativity, and healing.




The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers

The Sixth Sun Ceremonial Aztec Dancers are exciting to watch.  Their colorful regalia compliments their tremendous spirits as they dance the sacred circle to the rapid beat of the ancient drum.  The cadence is unbelievably fast and feathers seem to be flying through the air as fire dancers scream with joy. 


The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers are led by Jorge and Maria Oretga of Dallas, TX.  In 2008, the Ortegas and their large family of 16 dancers came to Hot Springs (Manataka) to learn more about Rainbow Woman (Ixchel) and after wonderful experiences on the mountain, they made a promise to return each year for a four year commitment to the sacred grounds of Manataka.


Every step, every movement of the arms and body of the The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers tell a story or offer a prayer. 


Manataka is proud to host the beautiful Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers. 


During their ceremony please remain seated and silent as possible.  Ooos and Ahhhs are okay.



Deep in the Ouachita National Forest is a wildlife rehabilitation center that quietly cares for hundreds of animals and birds on an annual basis.  The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, operated by Tommy Young, a Master Falconer and Ornithologist, is a caring place for those who can least take care of themselves.


The Center has many animals who have been injured and require rehabilitation before being released back in the forest.  In some cases, the injuries are so severe the animal cannot be released but are cared for throughout their lives in a kind, suitable environment.


Located at the foot of Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the middle of the Ouachita National Forest, hundreds of wildlife come to the Wildlife Center, even from the Ozark National Forest north of the Arkansas River and thousands of surrounding pockets of wildlife -- over 3 million acres and thousands of miles of wild territory.  


The Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is now the focus of one of Manataka’s most exciting and fulfilling projects: Feed Our Friends.  The Center has cared for thousands of wildlife over the past two decades without funding from the government. The Center is dependent on donations.  If you are interested in learning more about the Center or Feed Our Friends contact Faith Michaels at



Fred Yellowknife Keams is full blood Navajo born for the Red Running into the Water Clan (T’achii’nii) and Edge Water Clan (T’abaaha’) from Ft. Defiance, AZ. His parents are Irving and Rufina Cleveland. Fred has two brothers and two sisters.

As a child, Fred attended Government Boarding School where he describes his experience as, “everything about our native way of life was taken away from us—our language, culture and traditional ways.”

As a young adult, Fred became the survivor of alcoholism and Native gangs.  Once he reached adulthood, he attended many ceremonies and began to find himself and his Navajo tradition way of life.

As an adult Fred has been the first Navajo Professional Archer as well as a professional flute maker. He has served as a positive role model for many young children and archers.

Yellowknife is a member of the International Native American Flute Association. He  credits his love of the flute to his brother Eugene of Arizona and Roger McGee of Oregon. Fred says, “I feel truly blessed with friends and family that encourage me to chase my dream, because life is too short not to.”

Fred says, “to be able to practice an ancient way of life is a blessing from the teaching of my elders. I see the Native American Flute as a way to bring back awareness for the Native Americans to others.” He went on to say, “It’s not about the money. Its about helping others as it helps me to find who I am.”



The John Calvin Brewer Band is a 21st century Rock/Blues band. Original and abstract meets old school could describe this band, “Generation-X collides with Blues and Rock”. Young and old alike identify with the bands wide variety of material and energy. Professional musicians for over 10 years the band began at a young age including (bassist) Shannon Sabbatini, Brewer and Sabbatini have paid many dues between Nashville and Dallas playing nightclubs, honkytonks, & songwriter venues.

With plans for a 2011 debut album The John Calvin Brewer Band will stretch even more regionally and possibly international. The John Calvin Brewer Band hosted the 2008 Spa City – (Hot Springs, AR) Blues Festival, and again hosted the 2010 Festival with multi award winning performer Janiva Magness. Other accomplishments include, playing alongside Mississippi Blues legend Pine Top Perkins, 2009 IBC winner Grady Champion, international Berklee guitar prodigy Joe Pitts, and also an appearance at PGA golf star John Daly’s party in 2009. “ We have pleased everyone except ourselves, so our debut album will be what we want to do, we have great material that has evolved over the past 5 years and we are ready to lay down some killer work” Says Brewer. The John Calvin Brewer Band is one of the most diverse bands you’ve ever seen in action, a song in the bag for everyone and constantly crossing boundaries.


As all the forces of music pull John Calvin Brewer  back and forth, his greatest influences would come from the stylings of such artist's as, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Freddie King,  etc. Where will Brewer's road take him next...”



(Weather and space permitting)


Twenty or more Choctaw youths from Philadelphia, MS play a rousing game of authentic stick ball (forerunner of lacrosse).  Pick your favorite team and cheer for them! 


American Indians enjoy a spirited contest!  Come and get excited!





Two very talented experienced herbalists will present 15 minute programs throughout the day.  Check out their booth at the powwow.



Manataka invites all tipi lodges to join with us.


Tipi Lodge owners are special people.  They are creative, hard-working, sociable, and very good teachers.  In the old days, the tipi was not only a place to live, it served many purposes.  The lodge was a church, a nursery, a hospital, and a school room.  It was the gathering place for families and it was a place for stories, songs and fun.


Every family had their own protocols when it came to entering and occupying the tipi.  But there are many universal rules of conduct that require respect.  Learn the ways of the tipi at the 2011 Manataka Powwow.






None other than Grandfather Lee Standing Bear Moore can weave the ancient stories with modern humor while sharing the richness and color of American Indian culture.  The breadth and depth of indigenous ideals and spiritual thought are explored while teaching simple lessons of life. 


Children's Stories at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Manataka Tipi Lodge for an hour long program.  Bring the kids and grandma too.  Everybody enjoys a good story.


Other storytellers will be on hand during the 2011 Manataka Powwow.  Check the Manataka tipi lodge for a schedule.




Vendors are happy to demonstrate their art, craft or special talents throughout the weekend powwow.



The main feature of every powwow is the dancers!  They represent the best of us -- the brave warriors, the fast and the free, the traditional dancer and fancy dancer, buckskin dancers and grass dancers, shawl dancers and jingle dancers -- most colorful and artful among their tribes. 


The 2011 Manataka is proud to welcome dancers of every tribe, every nation -- as the sacred circle at Manataka is always open to all.


Never touch a powwow dancer's feathers or regalia without permission.  Some ornaments have special meaning and many are handmade heirlooms.


Vote for your favorite dancer by making an offering on their blanket.