Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American activist, performer, and teacher. Born on August 17th, 1936 in South Dakota, Floyd was a respected member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate band (an offshoot of the Isanti or "Santee" Sioux). A talented actor, musician, sculptor, and educator, Floyd passed away on December 13th, 2007 after a long battle with leukemia.
Our good friend Julie Evans knew Floyd for many years and was deeply affected by his passing. To commemorate the life and death of this great spirit, Julie, Kent, and several other H-LAT members and friends got together to perform a ceremony of remembrance and tribute on the grounds of our ranch in Oklahoma. Below are some photographs of the event with comments by Julie.
Below the photo gallery are some links to significant websites featuring information on Floyd and his works.
Julie would like to send a very special thanks to Kent and Jimmy Fortner "for their great care, respect, and immense work in building and providing sanctuary for this beautiful tribute to my friend...
"Life with those we love and admire is a great blessing. It is not s/he who dies with the most toys who wins, but rather s/he who dies with the most 'great moments.'
"Thank you for mine with you, Red Crow."
- Wabandance, January 2008