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OhShinnah Fast Wolf, 88

| January 14, 2022 12:00 AM

OhShinnah Fast Wolf passed away on Jan. 11, 2022. She was 88 years old when she died of natural causes in a memory care facility in Columbia Falls.

She was born in Silverton, Colorado, in 1934 during the height of the Great Depression. During her life she traveled, adventured, and lived all over the United States. She was an amazing singer and songwriter, having performed at venues in Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, amongst other locations. During her life she performed in the same clubs as Muddy Waters, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield. She was also involved with the Committee Theater in San Francisco and Chicago’s Second City Theatre. She performed at Carnegie Hall, with the artist Sting, and opened for Jerry Garcia on Jacques Cousteau’s ship, the Calypso.

Starting in the 1970s, OhShinnah studied and taught natural medicines, healing, environmental activism, and applied practical spirituality. She was a pioneer in the use of crystals and partnered with her sister Dr. Dolores Krieger to teach students crystal healing in combination with therapeutic touch.

OhShinnah was a delegate to the United Nations conferences on the human environment, spirituality, the decolonization of Indigenous people, the World Conference of Spiritual Leaders, and as a ceremonialist at World Water Day. She spoke on environmental issues at the invitation of various governments.

OhShinnah was awarded the Nurse's in Transition Humanitarian Award, the Helen Caldicott Humanitarian Award for Women, the Noetic Science Institute Temple Award for Creative Altruism, and her name is inscribed on the Wall of Tolerance in Birmingham, Alabama.

She was exceptionally generous and was supported by multiple native elders throughout her life. Her legacy is carried on by her students worldwide and a memorial is planned near Molas Lake, Colorado, later 2022.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Fawn, and is survived by her children James, Heather and Kaiwie, grandchildren Sky Bear, Calico, Jamie, James, Autumn and Numa, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Friends are encouraged to visit the website to leave notes of condolence for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

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