Buddy Red Bow

Warfield Richards Red Bow (June 26, 1948 – March 28, 1993) was a South Dakota Lakotan known for his music.

Buddy Red Bow
Warfield Richards

June 26, 1948 (1948-06-26)
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
DiedMarch 28, 1993 (1993-03-29) (aged 44)
Resting placeChrist Church Episcopal Cemetery (Red Shirt)[1]
Occupationmusician, actor
Known forRun, Indian, Run[2]
Spouse(s)Cheryl Lynne Oyler (m. 1966)[3]

Life and career

Richards was adopted into the Red Bow family at a young age. He grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Red Shirt, South Dakota and went to school in Rapid City, South Dakota. He dropped out of high school to become an actor[4] and later served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine in the 1960s.[5]

Red Bow made several records in the 1980s and 1990s as a singer and musician.[4] As an actor, he had minor roles in several Westerns, and a character in the 1989 film Powwow Highway, "Buddy Red Bow", was based on his life.[6]


Red Bow died on March 28, 1993 in the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City,[7] and was buried in Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery (Red Shirt).[1] He was posthumously inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1998.[8]


  • Hard Rider (soundtrack, 1972)
  • BRB (1981)[9]
  • Journey to the Spirit World (1983)
  • Black Hills Dreamer (1995)




  1. Espinosa, Juan (April 3, 1993). "Friend of Pueblo to be buried". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  2. "Buddy Red Bow". Obituaries. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Apr 2, 1993. p. 4B. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  3. Ewen, Alexander; Jeffrey Wollock (2010). "Red Bow, Buddy.". Encyclopedia of the American Indian in the Twentieth Century. New York: Facts On File, Inc. ISBN 9780816035137..
  4. Moon, Ruth (March 26, 2012). "Buddy Red Bow honored at event". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  5. Wright-McLeod, Brian (2005). "Red Bow, Buddy". The Encyclopedia of Native Music: More Than a Century of Recordings from Wax Cylinder to the Internet. University of Arizona Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-8165-2448-8.
  6. Chadbourne, Eugene. "Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  7. "Buddy Red Bow". Orlando Sentinel. April 1, 1993. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  8. Koster, Rick (May 25, 1998). "Native American music takes center stage". The Day. p. A4. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  9. McNally, Joel (April 18, 1981). "Blue Ribbon For Red Bow". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
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