Chief Delvis Heath: He Was Wind Power

This is an excerpt from an interview with Chief Delvis Heath. Chief Delvis Heath tells the story of a man who had the power of the wind. 1:28

Bio: Born in 1938, to Nathan and Lilly Heath, Chief Delvis Heath has been the Warm Springs Chief since 1984. His father died in 1969, but Delvis declined and Amos Simtustus, Sr. became chief. When Amos passed, Delvis assumed the role of chief in 1984. He is married to Shirley Stahi, who he has been married to since 1960. The two of them have four children (two deceased), eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family ran Chief Heath stables at Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino for many years, until they retired from it last year. Chief Delvis Heath is a speaker of his ancestral language, Sahaptin and is active in the Longhouse and the teachings of the Washat religion. He works on Treaty issues with the state and federal government, as well on in-lieu fishing sites. He is also involved in the Museum at Warm Springs, where he serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Transcription: When they went to war, they came and kept the army was going to come and take the young people at, taking all the young men, nope. You aren’t going to take our young men. They are our future. You take me, an old man. No, you are too old. They kept telling the army, you take me. They finally got tired, they…president general and the president…do whatever the Indians want. So they ended up taking the older ones. But one of them, my great grandfather and his power was water. He could jump in the water and swim around. Do anything. Jump off of the falls. Turned his body into water and bullets would go right through. And there was a scout man, when he went down, he was the scout and he was wind power. And had holes in their clothes, but no bullet holes. Wind goes right through. Those bullet holes go right through the wind. Same as water

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