Local woman seeks maker of old pot

by Apr 18, 2012Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments


This pot has been in the Whitetree family for over 50 years and now Darlene Whitetree is trying to find its maker to return it to the family. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)




     An old casserole pot is displayed proudly in the BIA Realty office of Darlene Whitetree.  The pot belonged to her mother, Floy Whitetree, and now Darlene wants to return it to the family of the original potter. 

Darlene Whitetree poses with the pot in her BIA Realty office.

     “I’d like to give it back to someone in the family,” said Darlene.  “Somebody would probably like to have a piece that their mother or grandmother made.  I’m so glad that I’ll be able to give it to the family so it can be where it belongs.” 

     The only problem is she doesn’t know who made the pot. 

     But, there are clues.  The initials “WLS” are inscribed on the bottom of the piece, and Darlene said the pot dates back to the late 1950s and was made by a student at the old Cherokee School. 

     “Sometimes, the students would give a piece to Mama or they would sell it to her.” 

     Darlene said she has kept the pot for many years, “It’s gone with me to Atlanta and to Jacksonville, Florida.  I’ve tried to take really good care of it.” 

     If anyone knows who made the pot or can shed light on the pot, please call Darlene Whitetree at 226-7325.