I met this man once at the Siksika Indian Days I attended some years ago.
He was a good friend of the Redguns, who are also my relations through marriage.
I was sitting with Ralph and the Redguns, when Ralph started to talk to me, which I think was, in Blackfoot! I said to him I did not understand him, because I didn’t speak the language, that I was Cree.
He continued to talk to me in that language.
I said good to meet you and I slowly moved away from where I was sitting.
I watched his memorial on Global TV recently and found myself tearing for this man I had only met once!
My condolences to his family.