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::Donna Jones Flood::

Donna Jones Flood: Born May 31, 1937 at Pawnee, Oklahoma, daughter of Lee Otis Jones and Velma Louise Pensoneau Jones.

Book Cover:
"How To Keep Up With The Joneses"
By: Donna Jones Flood
Click here for purchasing information. ( Or use the Amazon Link above )

My book is a history of my Ponca grandmother who overcame great trials in order to successful raise and educate her children as a single woman. She was the first woman court reporter in Oklahoma; first woman to work in a law office where she also was an interpreter for her people.

One Ponca woman said, "I cried when I saw the picture on the front of your book."

Promotion is the key to getting this information to our young people. Gramma kept up with the Joneses, but can I?

Donna Jones Flood, Author
Half-Breed Clan, Ponca tribe enrolled, 000456
Cherokee by blood, descendant Mary Kell Ross

View Donna's Page at Alastair McIntyre's web site, Electric Scotland.
There are an untold amount of stories, poems, recipes, information, and allot more there - plus her book!:

Here is the page on Chilocco where Donna's Grandmother went to school. She used
her lease money to be tutored in business, banking and stenographic skills.
There are great numbers of stories here:

After she graduated she was an employee there for a while.
Gramma was of the rain band. He-Sah-Dah. Donna is of the Ponca half breed clan.

Her Ponca name is Jen Nee' and she was named under the peacepipe by Gramma Grace Little Warrior. Here is that story:

Permission obtained from Donna Jones Flood. - Copyright .

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Art Lessons - by Donna Flood

*FOR ALL THE CHILDREN, and/or, THOSE who are young at heart:

Circles and Flat circles
Balance asymmetry & symmetry
Perspective in line and color
Learn to draw on the right side of your brain

*Drawing on the Right Side of your Brain

Lesson One - The Seeing of Edges
Lesson Two - The Seeing of Spaces
Lesson Three - Seeing Relationships
Lesson Four - Light & Shadow
Lesson Five - Gestalt

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::Coyote at Dawn::
By: Donna Jones Flood

The time is before the dawn,
I with my coffee cup in hand on the lawn,
Comfortable chair and I are friends,
Together we get through to wins.

We share this early morning hour.
Somewhere a lonely bird has power
And then again, another calls, too.
The sky, the sky is dark, indigo blue.

At a distance I hear the mournful,
Train on a track, ever scornful
Of surely vacant roads it must cross,
While it blows a whistle to be boss.

And then a bit of a laugh,
As a pack of coyote at task
To worry a neighbors dog
Who lives at the drop off, and bog.

They howl the coyotes familiar bark
Running along like boys on a lark
While dog in the protective fence
Can only tear along edge in suspense.

I look again at the skys color
To realize the blue is now another
One of pink, mauve, orange that shade
And off and gone the coyotes raid.

Also see:

American History: Donna Flood's Stories & Poems

::Native American Grape Dumplings::

This recipe is as old as my great grandmother, Esther Broken Jaw, Little Cook who used "Opossum" grapes that grew on huge wild vines in the woods.

3 Cups self-rising flour
2 Cups sugar
Two large bottles of the best grape juice you can find

In a large pan heat the grape juice to boiling. Dip it out with a laddle and mix enough in the flour and sugar mixture so that the batter is stiff but still can be beat with a large spoon.

With a tablespoon cut out sections of the batter and drop it into the simmering grape juice. Keep the fire low and watch this continually while it cooks for five or six minutes, until the dumplings take on a clear look. Turn the fire off and cover with a lid so you can serve it warm, or set it in the freezer to cool for a while and then put it in another container with a closed lid to be stored in the refrigerator to serve cold. We like them hot, but if there is a feast it is okay to serve cold. Believe me, everyone loves this recipe.

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Ponca Native American To Autograph Copies of Two Books Here Sat


Ponca Native American, Donna Jones Flood, will autograph copies of two of her books, "How to Keep Up with the Joneses" and "Velma: Fleur de Narcisus" on Saturday. She will be at Brace Books and More on North Fourteenth from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

For "Velma: Fleur de Narcisus," Flood uses her Native American name, Jen Nee' Water Woman. She says she was named under the peace pipe, which is considered an honor, by Gramma Grace Little Warrior, and that this name was also the name of Standing Bear's mother.

The author describes the book as "This story of a Native American woman, my mother, tells of a courageous stance in fighting for what she believed was good for her tribe, the Poncas. These pages cover only a small segment of her life, but were a key to many changes that have helped so many.

"At the age when most people were retiring, she stepped into a place of leadership that pushed our society toward a new horizon of gracious living," she continues. "Training for skills gave the youth of her day a bright hope. Two generations later, their educated grandchildren are stepping into positions of servitude for the benefit of humanity."

"How to Keep Up with the Joneses" is a book of true stories which were handed to Flood over the years. She says that some are from memory but others were kept as notes, although scattered and disorganized. A mother and daughter teamed up to save and share these histories of the Jones family. Flood's daughter, Kay Flood Loya, organized, typed, and put the material into the computer so the book could be published.

The book has more than 350 pages of family stories including a chapter titled "Bob Wills" where we learn that Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys played on the porch of "the Old Jones Place in the Osage" in the 1930s "with the oil executives from Continental Oil Company parked in long rows on both sides of the long drive."

There is also the story of the "smoke-off" held in the old homestead years after it was abandoned, as the author describes, "for the purpose of correcting the wrongs that went on here due to prejudice ... . It is something like a blessing of the ground ... . The Native people were very close to a creator, calling him by name: Wah-Kohn-Day, Great Spirit, and they had a willingness to become subject to walking strong and obedient to His laws." Flood says that, "Hopefully, the traditions the Joneses practiced over the years can be passed down to everyone in the way of short stories that are entertaining and informative."

A special feature of "How to Keep Up with the Joneses" is a 40-page section containing family recipes, with names like Bear Chops, Fried Rabbit, Fry Bread and a Seminole recipe for Alligator Tail Steak.

Flood was born in the Indian Hospital at Pawnee. She is of the Ponca, Shawnee, and Cherokee tribes. Her mother's mother, Meka-The-Ing-Gay, was of the Ponca tribe. Her mother's father's grandmother was Mary Kell Canolis Ross, full Cherokee. Flood's father was Scotch-Irish "with a tinge of Cherokee."

Those who would like to have signed copies of either of these books, but are unable to attend on Saturday, may reserve copies by calling the bookstore at 765-5173 or 800-256-5173.

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