Osiyo! That's howdy to you in Cherokee!
I would like to introduce you to my books. Part of the proceeds of these books will go to help disadvantaged Native American kids. A great gift for kids or grandchildren to show you care. Written for 6 years old and up to 60.
The reason I wrote the survival book was to save a kid's life. Because I know of 28 kids that went out into the desert and mountains and never came back. This book is now into it's 7th printing. From my Cherokee hertitage I use old Cherokee ways in hopes to save a kids life. I was made honorary Chief of the Black Creek band of Cherokees.
An entertaining and informative handbook that gives children (and adults) the confidence and knowledge they need to survive outdoors. Hand-lettered in the cartoon style kids love. This book takes a no-nonsense approach to wilderness survival . . . you really can't go wrong with this book.
Library Talk - Spring 1991
This book is about two rivers - The river of water and the river of life.
I wrote it for my grand kids and all you kids, to help you feel good about yourselves - so you learn how to guide yourselves around the boulders on the river of life and keep on paddling. so grab a paddle and let's go - Eee-Yah!
e blends practical canoeing and camping tips with homespun philosophy "What you learn from the river will help you on the river of life."
Tucson Guide Quarterly - Winter 1994
Willy Whitefeater knows kids. Like a parent slipping broccoli in with the ice cream. Willy has disguised this river instruction manual as a children's adventure story. His fast-paced River Book for Kids has enough action and humor to hold kids' attention, while still teaching the basics of river running and outdoor skills.
Paddler Magazine - October 1995
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Willy Whitefeather's movie "HOPE"?
Read what Harry Belafonte had to say about the movie...
In the movie "Hope" there is a scene of the world coming together peacefully and weapons being destroyed
We are not there yet! Until such time we fully support the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.
(Note: The co-producer of the movie included that gun destroying scene not Willy who supports 2nd amendment rights)
Click here to see the original Movie HOPE (no words)
Click here to see the Narrated Version of Hope with Willy Whitefeather
Stories by Willy Whitefeather
I would like to say I am an honorary Cherokee Chief of the black creek band of Cherokees in Jacksonville, Florida.
I was given the honor by the chief Holly Burroughs
(Below dates are approximations)
Willy's parents Julia and Eugene Willis married 1932
Willy with mother Julia 1940
Willy and pet dog 1948
Willy and his stuffed squirrel 1949
Willy and brother Dan "the mutt" 1951
Willy Civil Air Patrol Cadet 1952
Willy in the USAF with brother Dan 1953
Willy in France being very French 1953
Willy in USAF base in Germany getting into art while healing foot 1953
Willy on USS Coral Sea docked in France meeting with father Eugene 1955
Willy and father Eugene in Marseilles, France 1955
Willy with wife Melanie and baby Julie and Dan in background 1959
Left to right - Eugene, Julia, baby Julie, Willy, Dan, Melanie and Miss Prussman 1960
Michy, Mark, Will, Melanie, Willy and Dan on Tijuana zebra donkey 1969
Willy living in his teepee in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona 1975
Willy whitewater river guide on the American River 1980
Willy up on Dreamhill in Oregon 2010
Willy at his Hogan up on Dreamhill 2014
My dear brother Willy Whitefeather who was born 14 years before me has left this world. I was honored to have him live next to us for so many years in his little log cabin up on this mountain. He was in the loving care in his last days at the home of his son Mark Willis, one of four of his wonderful children. My brother has always been a creative artist and lover of nature. Even Ronald Reagan had one of his gold leaf paintings. He lived for many years in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona in a teepee. Learned much from the Indians and was a well-known storyteller. He had a 107 year old Hopi Indian Chief Grandfather David Monongye as a friend he hung out with for many years and loved the stories, prophecies and culture of the Indians so much he legally changed his name to Willy Whitefeather. A wild food expert and outdoor survivalist, he taught the elite military forces at Fort Huachuca in Arizona how to survive in the desert and they gratefully gave him a medal for that. For 10 years he was a whitewater river guide on the American River (the river seen in Indiana Jones movie) He did many kids camps and inspired many children in a fun way. He would regularly visit prisons and affected positively the lives of the inmates which the prison acknowledged. He was always wanting to do things for the homeless and disadvantaged, such as creating a community of little shelters he designed for them in such a way that they could contribute to the community and be supported at the same time. I knew my brother way back in the 1950s where I was into reading MAD magazines as a kid and he was into Harleys and Hot Rods and painting them with his wild artwork and cartoons he would draw. All his knowledge of outdoor survival and being a river guide he put into a best seller children's book he wrote called "Willy Whitefeather's Outdoor Survival Handbook for Kids" You can read a story about how an 8-year-old girl who read his book survived a terrible accident that killed her parents and was alone in the wilderness but survived using the knowledge in his book. He also did a movie called "Hope" that reflected on Indian prophecy and the hope for the future of a better world. My brother touched so many lives with his own version of silly humor his visions and most of all with his kind heart. He was never afraid of death as he had a near death experience (NDE) where he saw the other side where he experienced being on a canoe on the most beautiful lake in nature he had ever seen. I know he will know how to paddle that infinite lake when he gets there.
May you paddle that infinite lake in harmony with the Great Spirit my dear brother
You will always be loved and never forgotten
The Lucky Winner Secret Treasure Map
Mark taking photo of Will, Willy, Michy and Bop