Cody, Robert Tree [Robert Timothy; Oou Kas Mah Qwet (Thunder Bear); Red Cedar Whistle]
- Kay Edwards
(b Los Angeles, CA, 1953). Native American flutist, actor, singer, dancer, and educator of Salt River Pima-Maricopa (enrolled) and Dakota descent. Nicknamed Tree for his six foot ten inch height, he is the adopted son of the actor Iron Eyes Cody. Also well known for his work as a master of ceremonies, arena director, and northern traditional dancer on the powwow circuit, he has performed extensively as a flute soloist, singer, and speaker, and collaborated with other musicians as well as his dance troupe, Native Wisdom. Both a tradition bearer as well as a musical innovator, Cody served as an ambassador for the State Department and the US Information Agency and performed extensively for museums, schools, colleges, and reservations nationally and internationally. In the late 1980s and 90s he regularly performed Native American music at Knott’s Berry Farm. He gained wider attention for his participation in the funeral service of Senator Barry Goldwater in ...