The communal spirit of Village residents is how the Wakon Iron came to exist. In the Osage tradition, families bring their loved ones home for wakes and funerals Village resident, Lilly Cunningham offered her home to host wakes and funerals for families which didn't have a home in the village. It became clear a dedicated space for funerals was needed to accommodate the crowd and dinners. A Village resident, Wakon Iron, called a meeting to order and created a board to build a chapel for funerals and wakes. Later, a grant was obtained to build the shell of the current day Wakon Iron. The community came together to finish the inside.
Directly west of Wakon Iron Hall is the Wakon Iron Park!!
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Wakon Iron is a 12,000-square-foot facility that can be rented out by citizens of any federally recognized tribe. To rent the facility, please complete the rental agreement,
Anytime during the year Osages gather for dances, including the Veterans Dance, JOM dance, Red Ribbon dance or if a family wants to hold a dance in memorial for a family member then Wakon Iron is available for rental, even to celebrate a graduation or birthday.
A grant through the Pawhuska Community Foundation has allowed the Pawhuska Indian Village to purchase picnic tables, trashcans, and personalized benches for Red Eagle Park.
Committee Dinner @ Wakon Iron, Photo courtesy: Osage News