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Berbon K. Hamilton Is The Pawhuska District's New Drumkeeper
by Osage News
The new Pawhuska District Drumkeeper, Berbon K. Hamilton.
Berbon K. Hamilton has been selected as the next Pawhuska Drumkeeper.

Hamilton, 16, is a junior at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation. He is the son of Berbon R. Hamilton and Angela Hammer.

He and his family will be responsible for hosting the Pawhuska In-Lon-Schka and taking care of the district's members, along with many more cultural responsibilities.

Hamilton was given the drum on Sunday of this year's Pawhuska In-Lon-Schka from George Stabler, Jr., and his family, as is custom. Stabler, Jr., was Drumkeeper for five years.

Hamilton and his family will "pay for the drum" at next year's Pawhuska In-Lon-Schka dances.

He has one brother Noah and one sister Kiana and is the grandson of Otto and the late Sandra Murphy Hamilton. The great-grandson of Otto, Sr., and Josephine Pryor Hamilton and Berbon and Gertrude Elam Murphy. Great-great-grandson of Bill Pryor, Amos Hamilton and Dora Strikeaxe, along with Foster Strikeaxe and Chief Strikeaxe.

He is also the great-nephew of the late Harriet Hamilton Shadlow.




Past Pawhuska Drumkeepers include:

1883-1924: Ben Mashunkashey

1954-1955: Louis Stabler 1985-1988: Vann Bighorse
1925-1927: Charles Lookout 1956-1958: Ervin DeRoin 1989-1991: George Stabler
1928-1929: Clarence Gray 1959-1962: Willie Hamilton 1992-1997: Matthew Littleton
1930-1932: Louis Brave 1963-1966: Eddy Red Eagle Jr. 1998-2002: Eli Red Eagle
1933-1934: Ed Lookout 1967-1969: R.E. Yarbrough 2003-2006: Cameron Rumsey
1935-1940: Don Big Elk 1970-1972: Louis Cunningham 2007-2010: Bruce Cass
1941-1945: Leo Miles 1973-1976: John Henry Mashunkashey 2011-2015: George Stabler, Jr.
1946-1950: Morris Lookout 1977-1979: Jess Burris 2015: Berbon K. Hamilton
1951-1953: Andrew "Buddy" Gray

1980-1984: Sammy Lookout

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