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Thank you, Joseph FireCrow

Winsted resident and nationally renowned musician Joseph FireCrow died on July 11.

He was originally from the city of Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana, but for over the past 20 years both he and his wife, Joann, called Winsted home.

In his musical career, FireCrow won a Grammy award and seven Native American Music Awards (NAMA), including the NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. 

During his time in Connecticut, FireCrow gave much of his time to performing at benefits for various causes and charities.

He was also a mainstay at Friends of Main Street’s summer concert series where he performed every summer for years at East End Park.

Over and over again throughout the years, FireCrow gave his time and energy to charities throughout the Northwest Corner.

And at every concert he would talk about the importance of respect: the respect for one’s heritage, respect for the earth, respect for nature, respect for elders and respect for Native Americans.

He shared with people stories, history and his love of music.

At a concert at East End Park that we covered last year, FireCrow said that, when you are a flute player and you share your gift with nature, all of the animals, even insects show up.

And indeed, hundreds of people would show up to his summer concerts in Winsted and throughout the Northwest Corner.

FireCrow’s music was beautiful, his stories were captivating and he gave of himself to local charities time and time again.

While FireCrow may be gone, he will always be fondly remembered, and the memories, along with his spirit and what he gave to the Northwest Corner, will never die.