Grandpa Semu Huaute, 96, died on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Adobe, Ariz.
He was born Aug. 8, 1908 in Ventura County.
Grandpa served in World War II as a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy.
He was a Chumash tribal healer and elder, and traveled the world extensively teaching seminars in cultural education and performing Chumash ceremonies.
Grandpa was the last full-blooded Chumash, an American Indian tribe.
He was one of the most renowned and respected medicine men in the nation. Until recently, he regularly visited Idyllwild and performed ceremonies.
Kay sha nook sha ma (ceremonial burial) will be private.
He is survived by his wife, Eneke-Alish Huaute; six sons and six daughters (in honor of their mothers); and countless adopted family.
His family asks that in memory of his life, live in harmony. Tantay (Go gently).