August 30, 1945 – January 18, 2011
‘Onistaomaahkaa’ – Running Calf
‘Mi-kai-stoowa’ – Red Crow Coming, formerly known as
Raymond Crow Chief, 65 years of age, passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched in some way throughout his life.
Raymond is survived by his sons Chico, Darrel, Delanie, and Rocky; and daughters Shaina and Tamara; and special grand-children Tia and Tashon; step-children Duane (Joanne), Russell, Wanda, Sam, Julia (Quinn), Marcia (John), Candace; his two sisters Alma Young Man and Isabel (George) Olivier, aunts Maggie Black Kettle and Rose alma Many Shots; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, sister-in-law Annie Running Rabbit; brother-in-laws Larry (Laverne), Wayne (Beverly), Clarence, Sr., and many close friends; and extended families: Good Eagles, Sleighs, Sitting Eagles, Many Fires, Calf Robes, Rabbit Carriers, Big Snakes, Drunken Chiefs, Many Shots, Weasel Heads, Wolf Legs, Little Chiefs, Weasel Moccasins, Tail Feathers, Turning Robes, Axes, Royals, Bear Robes, Bear Shirts, and Hairy Bulls. The family apologizes if they missed anyone. He is predeceased by his wife of 33 years Angeline Leather; parents George and Delores Crow Chief; brothers Hugh, Glen, and Ralph; sisters Dorothy, Delphine and Cecilia; aunts Lucy Weasel Head; and uncles Ben Sitting Eagle, Simon Sitting Eagle, and Ben Calf Robe.
Raymond started dancing at a very young age at the Calgary Stampede and was a Teepee owner at the Calgary Stampede Indian Village for over 25 years. Raymond had a passion for dancing, which resulted in travelling extensively to places such as Europe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Australia, and various locations throughout the United States and Canada. He was also an original member of the Blackfoot A-1 Club Drummers. He enjoyed attending pow-wows, nationally and internationally. Raymond was one the original members of the repatriation of the Blackfoot sacred artifacts and was a member of the Horn Society. He actively participated in every Sun Dance and strongly supported the Buffalo Women Society, as well as other societies. Raymond was also the spiritual advisor for the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park and Siksika Medicine Lodge. He believed in the restoration of the Siksika language and culture. Raymond served as a board member for the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Board of Education, and Siksika Minor Hockey. He also made his cursillo in 1988 and was very involved in the cursillo movement. Raymond was the leader and one of the founders (1992) of the Na-Soo-Wa Society Riders and a native liaison to Calgary Police Service.
Raymond acted as a mentor and advisor to his nephews and nieces and all those who came into contact with him. He shared his traditional knowledge and our way of life through the creator. Raymond took his nephews and nieces as his own children and supported their endeavours. He was also recognized as the number one hockey parent. Siksika will sadly miss Raymond, as he was considered a great spiritual elder and advisor.
Wake Services will be held at the Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation, AB) on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Siksika Nation, AB) on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at the Little Washington Cemetery (Siksika Nation, AB). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank all of the staff at the Foothills Hospital ICU for their compassionate care and all those for their thoughts and prayers.
In living memory of Raymond Crow Chief, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation, AB by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences