Joe Sam Scabby Robe, Blackfeet grass dance legend, dies at 62

When Joe Sam Scabby Gown was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2018 for his grass dancing, he was battling throat cancer and wasn’t performing perfectly. 

No one predicted him to dance, but Scabby Gown came to the party donned in whole regalia.  

“When I observed he was in his regalia, I just believed, ‘Oh s***, observe out,'” Don Wetzel Sr., founder of the corridor of fame, recalled. “He bought out there, and he did not skip a defeat. He was the similar then as he was 40 a long time in the past when I initial noticed him dance. It blew men and women away.” 

Scabby Gown, winner grass dancer who traveled the planet for powwow events – and manufactured buddies in all places he went – died of throat most cancers on June 22. He was 62 decades outdated. 

Scabby Robe, who is Blackfeet, was born on June 7, 1959 to mothers and fathers Audrey Marie Whitegrass and Joe Scabby Gown.