"Louis Ballard, Quapaw-Cherokee, passed away just around midnight at his home here in Santa Fe. He was 75. His daughter Annie and daughter-in-law Ricki were with him. He was a gentle soul who brought joy to likely millions of people through his music, books, and compositions, one of which was “Incident at Wounded Knee.” His “Four Moons” ballet was performed by Oklahoma’s premier ballerinas in the late 60’s.
My husband was a lifelong friend of his, and we were able to spend the evening with Louis and Annie. My husband conducted a cedar ceremony, at the request of Annie. Louis was a believer in the Native American Church and KD sang a peyote song and a Ponca prayer song for him to help ease his way and be of comfort to his daughter.
Please keep the family in your thoughts as they go through the next few days."