Last Saturday, we had a memorial dinner for Diane Sparks, an elder who recently passed away. Memorial dinners are always bittersweet events. We remember those who have left us and share a meal with those who we hold dear. Diane was an important part of the community. She regularly attended the Hasinai Summer Camp and was a member of the Caddo Nation's tribal council. We will miss her quiet presence at camp, as well as her wise advice.
The flags were flying at half-mast Saturday. A dedicated group of ladies prepared a traditional meal, including habushko, corn soup, pork and hominy, fry bread, and grape dumplings. Everything came out perfect. Other folks brought side dishes and desserts. After a short service, people shared remembrances of Diane and sang Caddo hymns. It was a beautiful send-off for a beautiful lady.
Rhonda S. Fair
I am a cultural anthropologist, currently employed
as the Tribal Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This
position gives me the opportunity to apply my ethnographic training, as well as
do archaeological fieldwork. I am also on the faculty of the University of
Oklahoma's College of Liberal Studies.