"Growing up as a little girl in Hazel Park, just a few doors down from us, there was a man by the name of Chief Redbird, who was Native American, and who had made Indian headdresses, eagle feathers, for the presidents up until that time, and I'm soon to be 68, so we're talking over 60 years ago. He would let us wear the bonnets; he would let us have the drums; he would let us use the rattles with the turtle shells. And, he would teach us some of the dances and some of the songs.
He even had a television program, "Tom Tom That Night"(?), and he let the children in the neighborhood go on it. He also had a piano. My parents were very musical. He played various instruments, and so we grew up with the old songs. And, he was just an incredibly wonderful man. And, they had a young girl. They called her Princess Stella, and she is still my friend on Facebook all these many years later. We all took trips to Belle Isle, many, many barbecues there with many kinds of families. I had a rich, rich history."
Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.