As we are now heading into pow wow season, it is important to know a trailblazer in the pow wow circuit and Chief executive officer at The Professional Pow Wow Association will not be with us in 2017. Indian country has been grieving since February 12th at the passing of Cree artist, linguist and Native rights advocate Tyrone Tootoosis, 58, who passed away from colon cancer at his home near Duck Lake, Saskatoon.
Tyrone Tootoosis was long celebrated as an indigenous First Nations performer and he also made efforts to archive Cree language and history by sitting with elders and recording their stories, as his father had done. This resulted in tens of thousands of hours of recordings.
Two walls of Tyrone Tootoosis’ study are lined with these recordings as well as the transcriptions. Tootoosis called himself a “story keeper.”
Tootoosis was also a central force and organizer of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations pow wow since its beginnings 15 years ago. He was honored last November at the pow wow. …https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/people/hundreds-honor-memory-artist-linguist-native-rights-advocate-tyrone-tootoosis/?utm_content=bufferf30cb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer