Gloria and Chuck in 2008
History of the Couple
Chuck and Gloria met in 1991
in Pipestone when Gloria was travelling around the country with
her family, Chuck became a friend of the family and so they
kept in touch. In 1993 Gloria moved to a small town just outside
of Pipestone and started work as a volunteer in Chuck's small
business the Little Feather Center. At that time Chuck worked
for the Pipestone National Monument, he retired from there in
1994 and together they worked in the Center from then on. They
started doing educational talks together in 1995, and they have
continued successfully to this day. The talks have been done
in America, England and the Netherlands, and people from all
over have come to see one of the talks in the Center.
In 1998 the couple were married
in a traditional ceremony on the Isle of Wight in England, they
had a Handfasting for Gloria's Celtic/English culture and were
joined over a Pipe for Chuck's Dakota culture. However neither
ceremony are recognised by either country as being legal, and
so even though in their souls they know they are married, legally
they are not. Recently things have happened that made them decide
to get married legally and so this ceremony will be performed
at the Little Feather Center with many of their family and friends
The ceremony will be
performed by the Reverend Elizabeth McCabe of Pipestone, who
is a long time friend of the couple.
Mr and Mrs Derby after the Ceremony, with
Reverend Elizabeth McCabe behind them.
Sometimes in the winds of change we find our direction.