(Posted this morning on myspace)
From the Family
passed to the spirit world this morning in , with family at his side. Services are pending. We
thank you from our hearts for all the prayers and support and kindness and
love that you have shown him and us.
Gwen Westerman Griffin
Folk / Country / Acoustic
Quote: While we on this side are mourning his leaving this world, those in that other world are rejoicing because they can see him again and be with their loved one.
About Red Crow FLOYD RED CROW WESTERMAN, American Indian activist and country folk singer, was born on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota in 1936. In the Dakota language RED CROW is pronounced 'Kanghi Duta'. At the age of ten, he was sent to a government boarding school 80 miles off the reservation. He graduated from high school on the Flandreau South Dakota Sioux reservation, and continued on to Northern State College, South Dakota, majoring in Speech, Theater and Art. He earned a degree in Secondary Education, as well as beginning work on a Law Degree.
Well known on the country-folk singing circuit, RED CROW began his career in Colorado, and in 1969 he signed his first recording contract in New York. His first album, "Custer Died For Your Sins", based on Vine Deloria Jr.'s book, was released in 1970. The release of "Custer" led him to personal appearances throughout the U. S. and eventually worldwide. His second album, "The Land is Your Mother" was released in 1982. Since 1980 his concerts, in support of Human Rights for Indigenous People of the World, have taken him on more than 60 trips to Europe, Central and South America, as well as the U.S. and Canada. As a leader in the North American Indian Movement, he is actively involved in all aspects of human rights which includes, the recognition of treaty, land and religious rights. In 1999, he was elected national co-Chair of the Coalition Against Racism in Sports.
To raise funds for the Rain Forest Foundation Project, in the early 90âs RED CROW went on a worldwide tour with musician Sting. RED CROW'S commitment to help stop the cutting of the Rain Forest in the Amazon jungle gave him the opportunity to have an audience with many foreign dignitaries including, the Pope, Prince Charles, and President Mitterand of France.
RED CROW'S many personal appearances include concerts and song writing collaborations with such well known artists as Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Richie Havens, Buffy Saint Marie, Jackson Browne, and Harry Belafonte. He also appears in Sting's video, released by A&M records and directed by Academy Award nominated director Jean Pierre Detelleux.
RED CROW made his big screen debut in the motion picture RENEGADES, directed by Jack Sholder. He played Arthur, the Lakota Sioux father to Lou Diamond Phillips. Since that time his list of screen credits has continued to grow. His work with a number of prestigious directors includes Kevin Costner, who was quick to cast him as the third lead in DANCES WITH WOLVES. Floydâs brilliant and memorable portrayal of Chief Ten Bears earned him worldwide acclaim and recognition in the motion picture industry.
Director Oliver Stone cast RED CROW in the pivotal role of a Shaman and spiritual guide to Jim Morrison in THE DOORS. RED CROW'S portrayal of such notable characters as No Ears, in BUFFALO GIRLS, Grandfather Fool Bull in LAKOTA WOMAN, and Wilf in CLEARCUT, is unforgettable. In 1999, Floyd once again played the classic role of the tribal elder in director Richard Attenborough's GREY OWL, starring Pierce Brosnan.
Network television quickly became aware of RED CROW'S talents and cast him as Uncle Ray in the series WALKER TEXAS RANGER. His numerous television roles include guest leads in Northern Exposure, The Pretender, L.A. Law, X-Files, Millennium, Roseanne, Dharma and Greg, and a cameo appearance as Sitting Bull in the four-hour mini-series, SON OF THE MORNING STAR, directed by Mike Robe. RED CROW brings a sense of dignity, honor, tradition, and heritage to all his acting pursuits. While working with other creative personnel, he promotes and teaches understanding, tradition and the meaning of all things sacred to Indian people. He continues to pursue his acting career and dedicating his life to the causes of human rights and environmental issues. He feels he is carrying the 'baton' passed on to him by fellow actor Will Sampson who received it from Chief DanGeorge.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman ö Filmography
Feature Films Date Character Director
RENEGADES 1989 Red Crow Jack Sholder
POWWOW HIGHWAY 1989 (CB voice) Jonathan Wacks
DANCES WITH WOLVES 1990 Chief Ten Bears Kevin Costner
THE DOORS 1991 Shaman Oliver Stone
CLEARCUT 1992 Wilf Richard Bugjaski
THE BRAVE 1997 Papa Johnny Depp
NATURALLY NATIVE 1998 Chairman Pico Valerie Red-Horse
GREY OWL 1998 Chief Wuttanee Richard Attenborough
Television Series Date Character Episode
MacGYVER 1988 Two Eagles Mask of the Wolf
HARDBALL 1989 Indian The Cleveland Indian
NORTHERN EXPOSURE 1990 One Who Waits
LEGENDS OF THE WEST 1993 narration
THE X-FILES 1995 Albert Hosteen Paper Clip
ROSEANNE 1995 Old Indian Last Thursday Nov.
THE PRETENDER 1997 Ernie Two Feathers Mirage
POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY 1997 Ezekial Shadow Fall
MILLENNIUM 1997 Old Indian Single Blade of Grass
DHARMA & GREG 1997 George Little Fox Indian Summer
DHARMA & GREG 1998 George Little Fox Brought to You in
Dharmavision THE X-FILES 1999 Albert Hosteen Biogenesis
THE X-FILES 1999 Albert Hosteen Amor Finiti
Movies for Television, Documentary & Mini-Series
Date Character Director
SON OF THE MORNING STAR 1991 Chief Sitting Bull Mike Robe
THE DAKOTA CONFLICT 1992 narration
THE AMERICAN DREAM 1993 narration Bill Couterie
RIO SHANNON 1993 Gabriel Mimi Leder
SIRINGO 1994 Plenty Wounds Kevin Cremin
JONATHAN OF THE BEARS 1994 Chief Tawanka Enzo Castellari
SIEGE AT WOUNDED KNEE 1994 Grandfather Fool Bull Frank Pierson <p. 500="" nations="" 1995="" narration="" jack="" luestig="">
BUFFALO GIRLS 1995 No Ears Rod Hardy
X-FILES, THE MOVIE 1997 Albert Hosteen
CUSTER DIED FOR YOUR SINS 1970 Red Crow Enterprises, Inc.
THIS LAND IS YOUR MOTHER 1982 Red Crow Enterprises, Inc.
Red Crow's latest endeavor again merges his own life experiences with his distinctive brand of artistry. With a new series of bronze sculptures, he has beautifully recreated the most sacred spiritual Lakota/Dakota “Sacred Pipe,” as well as busts of the greatest, most influential leaders in American Indian history. Legendary heroes Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Chief Joseph, who led their nations against persecution and the devastating invasion of their land in the mid-19th century, compose an ideal triumvirate on which part of this collectible art is based.
The pieces are personally sculpted by Red Crow in an impressionistic medium before being bronzed to give it a fine patina glow. Upon completion, they are autographed by Red Crow, and given an official authentication number. The busts of the famous Indian leaders, which stand approximately 1-1/2 feet high, are hand crafted to match the pose of a corresponding historical photograph. One noteworthy characteristic of these busts is the leaders' eyes, to which Floyd has given particular attention, because in his words, “The eyes are key to the spirit of each of these men. Plus, they are of course, the window to their soul.”