In memory of
Paul Raczka, PII-TAKIT-SI-PIMI, Spotted Eagle Choteau —Paul M. Raczka, Pii takit si pimi (Spotted Eagle), also known as Api si pis to (White Owl), 74, passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Choteau at the Medical Center, with his wife, Albertine Crow Shoe, at his side. Services will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau, Montana. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. and a meal will follow the service. A burial is planned for a later date. Arrangements are in the care of O'Connor Funeral Home. Paul was born on December 29, 1942 to Eugene and Irene Raczka in Buffalo, New York. Paul was a known historian, a Blackfoot Piikani knowledge leader and ceremonialist. In 1963 Paul enlisted into the United States Army, joining the Special Forces 101st Airborne Unit, and serving through 1966. He then went on to the University of New Mexico, where he started the "The Singing Wire" Ripples through Life on the KUMN radio station. In 1972, he left New Mexico and moved to Alberta, Canada with his previous wife Elaine and two young daughters, Jennifer and Denise. He was adopted by Laura Crow Shoe Buffalo, and Ed and Ruth Little Bear. Paul was one of the people instrumental in reviving the All Brave Dog Society, as well as the Blackfoot ceremonies on the Piikani Nation. In 1977, he was transferred into the All Brave Dog Society, where he was transferred the Bear Dog Bundle. Over the years Paul held many bundles and obtained numerous transferred rites and he was a current Beaver Bundle owner. Paul was a Piikani at heart; his true passion was Niitsitapiipatapiisiin Blackfoot Ways of life from ceremony, song and spirituality. Paul was committed to helping the younger generation by teaching them sacred cultural protocols. His heart has been with the Piikani Peoples, Elders, clans, sacred societies and his holy children. He is an acknowledged traditional leader. He was a keeper of sacred songs from past ceremonialists and received many cultural transfers over the decades. He was humble and would not boast about his achievements. He followed the ways of his traditional elders and teachers whose stories he shared kindly. Paul was closely connected to many clans throughout "Indian Country," which he established life-long relationships. He adopted many children and grandchildren establishing a large spiritual family of whom attended Paul and Albertine's Beaver Bundle ceremonies. Paul traveled to art shows throughout the western United States and Canada buying, selling and appraising art work. His friend David Levine said it best, "Paul was an example of how one can become what one embraces. He became what he willed himself to be." A passage from his latest book: "To my father, the first storyteller in my life; and to all storytellers, whoever they may be, past, present and future. May their stories live on forever, for they carry the essence of life itself." Paul is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Eric), and Denise (Jackie); his wife Albertine; sons Josh and JT; grandchildren Keon, Brittany, Karson and Kylee; brothers Ken (Mary) and Tom; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Irene Raczka. We would like to thank everyone who was a part of his life. Condolences may be shared with the family online at OConnorFuneralHome.com
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