How, How, Wandering Walnuts!
Only two days before the full Snow Moon, the Wandering Walnuts
sprung into the tepee of Carolina Maple and Heart o’ Pine. Carolina Maple thrummed the to-tom a dozen times to
begin the tribe’s gathering. The Wandering Walnuts raised their hands to the Great Spirit as Heart o’ Pine
offered the tribal prayer, and they intertwined to make the unbroken circle to recite the pledge and aims together.
Everyone sat down and listened with interest as each princess
recalled what she had done to earn her wampum.
The princesses then related how they had earned their feathers. Singing River earned a feather for swimming 50 feet and floating for three minutes
with her dad at the Polar Swim. Rain Dancer earned two feathers; one for making
several crafts with beautiful sand art, and one for creating and delivering a presentation on the nine planets. Dancing Breeze earned a feather for making a compass, orienting a map, and reciting the points of the compass
for the tribe. Bouncy Bunny earned four feathers:
one for swimming 50 feet and floating for three minutes with her dad at the Polar Swim, one for presenting her collection
of pennies and world coins, one for preparing a wonderful dinner for her mother, and one for a family bike ride on a new bike
trail near her house. Shooting Star earned three feathers: one for preparing a feast for her mother, one for swimming 50 feet and floating for three minutes with
her dad at the Polar Swim, and one for horseback riding with her father in florida. Brown-eyed doe and Tiger lily earned a
feather each for an interesting and educational trip to Cary Fire Station Number 2.
Carolina Maple earned five feathers: one for reciting the nine planets,
one for preparing a delicious meal for her mother, one for presenting a collage of photos she took herself, one for a fascinating
display on animals native to North Carolina, and one for helping her father make a family message center in the kitchen. What a flurry of feathers!
Maple and Heart o’ Pine then led the princesses to the sun room to decorate butterflies in bright spring colors. Each of the princesses is a wonderful artist. Everyone then enjoyed fruit punch, Pringles,
and cupcakes in the tepee center.
The tribe closed their meeting around the table with the
silent prayer, and the Wandering Walnuts flew with their butterflies out the door into the night.