Tribute to Wayne Plume
The Blood Tribe mourns the loss of Wayne Plume, an outstanding citizen and a great loss to the community. Wayne was well known for his strength as a community leader and role model. He was a devout Christian and also followed the Blackfoot ceremonial ways. He resided in Standoff and became well known for his leadership and as a community supporter, he demonstrated his leadership qualities by setting an example to others. Wayne and his devoted partner Diane were very knowledgable in the Kainai culture, their dance troupe was well known throughout the schools and many venues they performed at. As the lead drummer and organizer, he shared the arts and music of the culture. He taught many of the youth, to respect the old ways and to respect themselves.
In his lifetime, Wayne saw many changes happen on the Blood reserve, the residential school era, the changes to self governance, and the loss of much of the language. But being very resilient, he accepted the changing ways and continued to help build the community. In the mid 1990’s, Wayne made the trek from Standoff to Lac Saint Anne, nearly 500 kms. on foot, to show his devotion to what he believed in, despite his age and health issues, he accomplished what many can’t even imagine. He made this trek on several occasions.
Wayne was a respected elder and will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family come from the Blood Tribe Chief and Council and Administration.