Chief Gordon Crowchild, a leader of the Tsuu T’ina Nation and a member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Legends of Rodeo, passed on January 12. He was 85 years old.
Throughout his life, Crowchild became a highly respected community leader, who also lived for rodeo and chuckwagon racing. Crowchild’s initiation into rodeo was in 1944, when he competed as a steer rider.
Crowchild claimed the Indian High Point Award at the 1971 Calgary Stampede and was honoured by the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede as a Pioneer of Rodeo in 1995. He retired from rodeo after he competed in the Wild Horse Race in Calgary in 2003.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years Maria Crowchild and his family.