May 05, 2008

Tribute at the FAITA awards

One highlight at the 16th annual First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) ceremony was a video tribute to three actors who died recently: Julius "Josh" Drum (Thunderheart), Billy Day Dodge (Dr. Quinn), and Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Dances with Wolves).

Charlie Hill continued the tribute to Westerman, saying he'd remember his old friend asLakota Man
Guitar Man
Family Man
Fighting Man
AIMster Man
Powwow Man
Angry Man
Laughing Man
Loving Man
Giving Man
Grumpy Man
Soul Man
Dancing Man
Peaceful Man
Ladies' Man
Holy Man
Horny Man
Music Man
Fried Bread Man
Country Man
Hill added several remarks about Westerman, among them:He loved coming here [to the FAITA ceremonies], 'cuz he loved his people, and he loved all people. Not just the Indians. He loved everybody, and he made everybody feel included. And he opened the doors to all the performers you see here tonight.

Floyd Westerman took me on the road for 30 years. ... Me and Floyd were Harold and Kumar before there was Harold and Kumar.

Floyd was a giant. He was the greatest Indian ambassador ever.
Hill pointed to a guitar that had been set up on the stage:It's like he said in the clip: "You might know me from the movies. That's what I do." But you know what...this guitar? He says, "This is what I am."

So I want to ask all of you, for these three warriors that fell, that stood up for all of us, to stand one more time and give them their final standing ovation.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see First Americans in the Arts.

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