Character: One Who Waits





Floyd Red Crow Westerman

One Who Waits, portrayed by Floyd Red Crow Westerman, is the indian spirit who visites Ed to look for his parents.

A Lakota (Dakota) Sioux, Floyd Red Crow Westerman has not only been an embodiment of Native American spirit on screen, but also a fierce advocate of Native American rights off screen as a leader in the North American Indian Movement. Born in 1936 at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Westerman's career includes being a highly regarded country-folk singer. His concerts and songwriting collaborations have included Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. He toured with Sting once to publicize the plight of the rainforest tribes that are dying out along with the rainforests.

He made his film debut in Renegades playing "Red Crow," the Lakota Sioux father of Lou Diamond Phillips. He followed that with the role of the "Shaman" to Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors, and with a key role as "Ten Bears" in Dances with Wolves. He also appeared in Hidalgo and Tilamook Treasure. His television roles have included playing "Uncle Ray" on Walker, Texas Ranger, and "One Who Waits" on Northern Exposure. A published author his books include This Land is Your Mother. (From What A Character Bio). He also was in the movie Naturally Native with fellow NoEx guest star Kimberly Norris.

Before film work and music, he earned a degree in secondary education from Northern State University in South Dakota. Westerman was a recognized political advocate for Native American causes, working at times with the American Indian Movement. In 2000, American Indian Expo named Westerman celebrity of the year.

From 2003-2007, Westerman appeared in a number of television advertisements for "Lakota" brand topical pain reliever, often wearing traditional Native dress.

Westerman died at 5:00 a.m. PST on December 13, 2007 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after an extended illness and complications from leukemia.


Appeared in episodes 2.2 and 4.13.

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