Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 as we look at the music and life of Floyd Red Crow Westerman. August 17, He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles but lived a lifetime carrying the Indian world with him wherever he went. We will here a few comments from Floyd and we will play his music, familiar to most but ever new to those coming from new generations.
Magnificence in life was definitely not the attitude of Floyd Westerman the person. Not so very long ago Floyd said when commenting on his work," our struggle is all about our spiritual rights and the Indian point of view...they're so old, they make the Bible look like it was recently written.
Westerman was born on August 17, 1936, on the Lake Traverse reservation in South Dakota, home of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux. Orphaned as a child, he was sent to a government boarding school, where speaking the Sioux language was discouraged. At school he met his friend Dennis Banks, who became a co-founder of AIM. After finishing high school on another reservation, Westerman studied theatre and education at Northern State College, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and after graduation moved to Colorado.