Hephaestus is the Greek god of blacksmiths, carpenters, artisans, metallurgy and volcanoes. Hephaestus' Roman equivalent is Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera or he was Hera's parthenogenous child, he was cast off Mount Olympus by his mother because of his deformity or, in another account, by Zeus for protecting Hera from his advances. As a smithing god, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus, he served as the blacksmith of the gods, was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece Athens. The cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos. Hephaestus' symbols are a smith's hammer, a pair of tongs. Hephaestus is associated with the Linear B inscription, A-pa-i-ti-jo, found at Knossos; the name of the god in Greek has a root which can be observed in names of places of Pre-Greek origin, like Phaistos. Hephaestus is given many epithets; the meaning of each epithet is: Amphigýeis "the lame one" Kyllopodíōn "the halting" Khalkeús "coppersmith" Klytotékhnēs "renowned artificer" Polýmētis "shrewd, crafty" or "of many devices" Aitnaîos "Aetnaean", owing to his workshop being located below Mount Aetna.

Hephaestus had his own palace on Olympus, containing his workshop with anvil and twenty bellows that worked at his bidding. Hephaestus crafted much of the magnificent equipment of the gods, any finely wrought metalwork imbued with powers that appears in Greek myth is said to have been forged by Hephaestus, he designed Hermes' winged helmet and sandals, the Aegis breastplate, Aphrodite's famed girdle, Agamemnon's staff of office, Achilles' armor, Diomedes' cuirass, Heracles' bronze clappers, Helios' chariot, the shoulder of Pelops, Eros's bow and arrows. In accounts, Hephaestus worked with the help of the Cyclopes—among them his assistants in the forge, Brontes and Pyracmon. Hephaestus built automatons of metal to work for him; this included tripods. He gave to the blinded Orion his apprentice Cedalion as a guide. In some versions of the myth, Prometheus stole the fire. Hephaestus created the gift that the gods gave to man, the woman Pandora and her pithos. Being a skilled blacksmith, Hephaestus created all the thrones in the Palace of Olympus.

The Greek myths and the Homeric poems sanctified in stories that Hephaestus had a special power to produce motion. He made the golden and silver lions and dogs at the entrance of the palace of Alkinoos in such a way that they could bite the invaders; the Greeks maintained in their civilization an animistic idea. This kind of art and the animistic belief goes back to the Minoan period, when Daedalus, the builder of the labyrinth, made images which moved of their own accord. A statue of the god was somehow the god himself, the image on a man's tomb indicated somehow his presence. According to Hesiod Hera gave birth to Hephaestus on her own as revenge for Zeus giving birth to Athena without her. According to Homer Hera is mentioned as the mother of Hephaestus but there is not sufficient evidence to say that Zeus was his father. According to Homer there is not sufficient evidence to say. Hera is not mentioned as the mother. According to Pseudo-Apollodorus Hera gave birth to Hephaestus alone. Pseudo-Apollodorus relates that, according to Homer, Hephaestus is one of the children of Zeus and Hera.

Several texts follow Hesiod's account, including Hyginus and the preface to Fabulae. In the account of Attic vase painters, Hephaestus was present at the birth of Athena and wields the axe with which he split Zeus' head to free her. In the latter account, Hephaestus is there represented as older than Athena, so the mythology of Hephaestus is inconsistent in this respect. In one branch of Greek mythology, Hera ejected Hephaestus from the heavens because he was "shrivelled of foot", he was raised by Thetis and the Oceanid Eurynome. In another account, attempting to rescue his mother from Zeus' advances, was flung down from the heavens by Zeus, he fell for an entire day and landed on the island of Lemnos, where he was cared for and taught to be a master craftsman by the Sintians – an ancient tribe native to that island. Writers describe his lameness as the consequence of his second fall, while Homer makes him lame and weak from his birth. Hephaestus was one of the Olympians to have returned to Olympus after being exiled.

In an archaic story, Hephaestus gained revenge against Hera for rejecting him by making her a magical golden throne, when she sat on it, did not allow her to stand up. The other gods begged Hephaestus to return to Olympus to let her go, but he refused, saying "I have no mother". At last, Dionysus fetched him, intoxicated him with wine, took the subdued smith back to Olympus on the back of a mule accompanied by revelers – a scene that sometimes appears on painted pottery of Attica and of Corinth. In the painted scenes, the padded dancers and phallic figures of the Dionysan throng leading the mule show that the procession was a part

Okemos High School

Okemos High School is a public high school in Okemos, United States. It is the only high school in the Okemos Public Schools district, it is located southeast of the main campus of Michigan State University, between Bennett and Jolly Roads on the North and South, Hulett and Hagadorn Roads on the East and West. The current building was completed in 1994, replacing the now Chippewa Middle School building as the district's high school. Former students of Chippewa 7-8 School comprise the school's student body. An extensive Advanced Placement curriculum is in place. To ensure high quality, admission to AP courses requires high achievement in prerequisite classes. Okemos High School was ranked ninth in the state of Michigan in U. S. News & World Report's 2014 list of "America's Best High Schools"; the student to teacher ratio at Okemos High School is 18 students to 1 teacher. Okemos High School is recognized by NCA as an accredited public high school; the Okemos High School quiz bowl varsity team is a top performer nationally.

Okemos High School finished 53rd nationally in Quiz Bowl in 2016 and 25th in 2017. Okemos High School offers band and orchestra in the performing arts section; the top orchestra is Philharmonic, the top band is SWE, the top choir is Someko. Okemos has many performers qualify for the All-State orchestra. Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church and author of Velvet Elvis Curtis John Cregan, an American actor who appeared in the American version of the children's television show Hi-5 Paul Quantrill, major league baseball pitcher John Bennett Ramsey, father of JonBenét Ramsey Kristen Rasmussen, professional basketball player, WNBA Peter Reckell, played Bo Brady on the TV soap opera Days of Our Lives Tom Welling, played Clark Kent on the TV series Smallville Richa Gangopadhyay, popular lead actress in Indian Cinema in South India Tyler Oakley, YouTube personality and advocate for LGBT youth Kim Chi, South Korean-American drag queen and television personality best known as a contestant on season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race Taylor Moton, NFL player for the Carolina Panthers Donald Keck, American physicist Walter Willett, Harvard University School of Public Health Okemos fields teams for both boys and girls in many sports.

The Chiefs are a member of the Capital Area Activities Conference. State Championship winners are listed below; the following sports are offered: Okemos High School Okemos Public Schools

David Pendleton Oakerhater

David Pendleton Oakerhater known as O-kuh-ha-tuh and Making Medicine, was a Cheyenne Indian warrior and spiritual leader, who became an artist and Episcopal deacon. Imprisoned in 1875 after the Indian Wars at Fort Marion, Oakerhater became one of the founding figures of modern Native American art, he was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and worked as a missionary in Oklahoma. In 1985, Oakerhater was the first Native American Anglican to be included in the book of Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church. Born in the 1840s in the Indian Territory to Sleeping Wolf, Wah Nach, Oakerhater was the second of three boys, his childhood name was Noksowist, he was raised as a traditional Cheyenne. His older brother was Little Medicine, his younger brother was Wolf Tongue. Oakerhater is believed by some to have been the youngest man, he participated in his first war party at age 14 against the Otoe and Missouri tribes, became a member of his tribe's "Bowstring Society".

He participated in actions against United States federal and state militia forces. His first engagement with white settlers was at the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, in which 300 Native American warriors from various tribes, angered by settlers' poaching of buffalo, cattle grazing, theft of horses, attacked a small trading village used by poachers; the battle, led by Comanche leader Isa-tai and Chief Quanah Parker, triggered United States government response in the form of the Red River War of 1874-75. Oakerhater may have participated in the Battle of Washita River and the Sand Creek massacre. Oakerhater married Nomee in 1872, she died in 1880. They had four children. Oakerhater married, had at least one child, divorced, a second woman, Nanessan. In the Red River War of 1874 and 1875, the United States government attempted to pacify Native American warriors on the Southern Plains, fighting a series of skirmishes until the militants were exhausted by lack of food and supplies; the warriors, including Oakerhater, surrendered in 1875 at Fort Sill near what is now Lawton, Oklahoma.

A group of 74 were selected from there and another location, all without trial, for imprisonment in Florida. Oakerhater was in a group chosen for being the eighteen farthest right in a line-up by a US Army colonel, drinking and was running out of time before nightfall; some among the eighteen had nothing to do with the insurrection. The army assigned First Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt to transport the prisoners to an old Spanish fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, near Saint Augustine. Shackled together, they were taken across country on foot, by wagon and steamboat. Many thought they would be executed. At least two attempted suicide. Captain Pratt supported assimilation of American Indians into European-American mainstream society, he thought they needed to abandon their cultures and religions and learn the various practices of America's dominant white culture to survive: English, wage work, literacy, mainstream education, so on. The practice of forced assimilation, now criticized as cultural genocide, was considered progressive by its practitioners of the time.

Many European-Americans considered Native Americans to be enemies and murderers who should be killed, imprisoned, or defeated through force. Pratt's superior, General Philip Sheridan, dismissed Pratt's beliefs as "Indian twaddle". Conditions at the old fort were very poor: prisoners slept on the floor of their cells facing a central open-air courtyard. Several died in the first weeks. Pratt improved conditions, obtaining army uniforms, removing the prisoners' shackles, setting them to work building a new residential shed, procuring bedding; as trust developed on both sides, Pratt convinced his superiors to allow the Indians to carry nonoperational rifles, perform guard duty, obtain outside employment collecting and selling sea beans and other tourist items, have passes to visit the town on Sundays to attend church, camp unsupervised on nearby Anastasia Island. Pratt, who offered to resign his military post if the experiment failed, appointed Oakerhater First Sergeant of the prisoners, with a duty to organize morning military drills, ensure hygiene and dress code, choose assistants for Captain Pratt, oversee the prisoners in Pratt's absence.

Pratt and his wife arranged for volunteer teachers who were vacationing in Florida from across the United States to instruct the prisoners in English and other subjects. They allowed the Indians to conduct a mock buffalo hunt. In return the prisoners educated townspeople and tourists in archery, made handicrafts and drawings to sell. Aware for their part of the nature of Pratt's experiment, the prisoners took pride in their work and martial discipline, eager to demonstrate that they could master white Americans' cultural and military practices, they took longer to overcome other cultural barriers, such as discomfort with being taught by women. The first summer Pratt arranged for their families to visit them from the Indian Territory. Within two years of arrival at Fort Marion, Oakerhater was proficient in English, was writing letters to townspeople he had befriended; that year nineteen of the prisoners were rel