Wipala Wiki was the hereditary chief of the Flute Clan of the Hopi Nation.
When he was a young man he decided to travel to Phoenix and learn a trade, which was printing. At that time, about 1925, he met our Council's first chief exec named George Miller and they became good friends. Wiki worked at our summer camps from that date forward as the Native American Advisor. In 1950, when our Lodge was first chartered, Wiki was so well known and admired that the members who chartered our Lodge decided to take on the Hopi as our culture, and about that same time we decided to ask Wiki if we could name the Lodge after him. He was honored to do so and thats how we took that name. Wiki was also hired on a permanent basis by the council to be the ranger at our Heard Scout Pueblo camp in Phoenix.
Wiki actually took membership in our Lodge in 1960 and became a Vigil member in 1962. He was 83 years old. In 1971 Wiki died at the age of 93. I had the very special priviledge of having Wiki as my ceremonies advisor when I was a youth in the Lodge in 1959 through 1962.
-- from Larry Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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