Monday, October 24, 2022

Memorial For Waya Snowpaw

On Saturday October 22, a memorial service was held for DJ Waya Snowpaw. He had passed away on Sept 27 and his death announced on the weekend of October 15-16. He was in his 60s. The service was conducted in voice by Suta Northman, EndoraMcandrewsII, and Stacy Maracas. 

Waya in real life was an American Indian, and the ceremony had a number of tribal elements such as a bow, drum, and axe at the coffin, along with a helmet on top of a rifle planted barrel down in a pair of boots, his SL avatar picture in front. American Indian music was played for much of the service. The event happened high above the Veterans Isle sim in front of a group of fellow veterans, friends, and people coming by to show respect.
Waya had been DJing for about forty years, most of his adult life. A passionate music lover, he had a noteworthy collection of songs and records, even a few Edison wax cylinders from the 19th Century. A few LPs he supposedly rescued when kids were tossing them around like a frisbee. 
Numerous stories were told, in voice, many that sadly were not written down, "I'll miss those wolves that Waya had with him when he DJed." Following the event, there was a 21 gun salute, followed by an informal dance by those who stuck around. 

I was told by one resident, "There will be another service too on 11/5/22 at 2 for all of Waya's furry friends that maybe could not make it here."

Bixyl Shuftan

1 comment:

  1. Sad to see that Second Life News has gone by the wayside of all the other reporters in the world and failed to verify facts before going to “print.” If you are going to give people credit, you have a responsibility to make sure you give people the proper credit.

    Here is your correction:
    The service was conducted in voice by Suta Northman, EndoraMcandresII, Lady Mom, and Bri McMahon, while Stacy Maracas stood in respectful silence as she stood watch over the deceased.

    I bet some of the folks who conducted the ceremony wrote their parts down. You could always ask them. I am sure they would be happy to help you out.

    My thoughts: It was a beautiful ceremony steeped in Indigenous and military traditions. Suta Northman and Sabryne Rhode did a fantastic job putting together the traditional lodge, blankets, and items, from the offerings that Waya would need in his journey to the Soldiers Cross that pays honor and respect to a fallen soldier.