A tribute to Floyd ”Red Crow” Westerman (1936-2007) + Lakotas reject treaties

20Dec07

Floyd WestermanToday a tribute aired on Native American Calling: «Natives and non-natives alike mourn the loss of Floyd Red Crow Westerman. After battling serious health issues, he passed on last week in California. Known to many for his acting, activism and music, Floyd is loved by many. From the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakota people, he walked as one of the most visible and influential Native Americans in the world. But his life’s work lives on. We are reminded of his numerous movies, television appearances, and music albums.»
From an editorial on Indian Country Today: «Floyd – Red Crow – is [was] the Dakota musician, actor and all-around activist who is the true eyapaha to Indian country. Indeed, eyapaha – title of the camp crier of old who summoned the people to action – is a mantle that Floyd Westerman wears well. …
He has toured the world with Sting to bring attention to the problems of rainforest people. He has traveled the globe various times representing Native people, often on behalf of the International Indian Treaty Council. He has gained the celebrity and recognition he richly deserves, not only as a unique and talented artist, but more importantly as a respected traditionalist philosopher.
Said Floyd in 1984: ”Some people call us radicals or leftists, but we are not left or right. We just want the Indians to survive, to help the old Indian way survive, because it is the true and tried way. America is only 200 winters old. That’s very new. Our question is: will it be around in another 200 winters? Will high-tech survive the earth or will the earth survive high-tech?” (Indian Studies Journal, Cornell, 1984.)»
Also, today featured on digg: «Lakota Indians Withdraw Treaties Signed With U.S. 150 Years Ago. The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States. “We are no longer citizens of the United States of America,” Indian rights activist Russell Means said.» (More)



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