Raymond James DeMallie Jr.

October 16, 1946April 25, 2021

Raymond James DeMallie was born on October 16, 1946 and passed away on April 25, 2021 and is under the care of Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home.

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Raymond James DeMallie Jr.

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Tyrone Little Hawk

May 2, 2021

Ray spent time and lived with our family in South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Reservation back in 1970s. He recorded and documented my late father, Whitley Little Hawk's stories and songs of our Lakota Oyate, people. He was part of our family. He knew alot of our history, creation stories and songs. Woicekiya to his family, relatives and friends. He will be missed. Prayers to you on your journey, Kola.

Janice Klein

May 1, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a great help and good friend when I worked at the Field Museum in the 1990s and was one of those whose enthusiasm and knowledge helped open my eyes to present-day Native American life and so enriched my life.

Beth Tumbleson

April 28, 2021

Raymond spent time with our family on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in the 1970s, we will pray for him on his journey

Louis Garcia

April 28, 2021

I remember years and years ago when Doug Parks and Ray came to visit me. As we were visiting, i had my back to my wife working in the kitchen. They could look over my shoulder to see that my wife was making a cake from scratch, with homemade frosting; we had nothing to serve them as they arrived unexpected. In an age of store bought ready processed food, they were so surprised that she knew how to make a cake from just the ingredients.
I often think of Ray and Doug and wonder how they are doing.
May Wakantanka smile on Ray as he makes his journey.

Patrícia Pitaluga

April 27, 2021

I am so so deeply sad with this news... Professor DeMallie was my greatest friend and supporter while I was pursuing my Ph.D at IU. He is an example of a true Humanist! So kind, a sound scholar, very collegial, a fascinating story-teller, so humurous and witty in his own subtle way. I learned all about being an Anthropologist with this great Professor.
Ray: I will carry you always in my heart! What a privilege having known you! Thank you + Peace + Namaste from Brazil. 🇧🇷💞

Vilma Santiago-Irizarry

April 26, 2021

I was quite sad to hear of Ray's passing and remember fondly the too brief times we shared. We should take comfort in having known him and in the memories of him that will remain.

David Gradwohl

April 26, 2021

Ray died far too young. A real loss to those interested in North American Indian ethnology, linguistics, history, and religion. My condolences to Ray's family.