Darrel Wayne Abrahamson passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013, on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. He was an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, as well as the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Tribes.
He was born at home in Spokane, Wash. to James Abrahamson Sr. and Violet Friedlander Abrahamson.
Darrel was a well-known powwow traditional dancer, and had traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, as well as over-seas. He was a champion in his dance style, and was asked many times to be a head dancer, arena director, and head judge at powwows and gatherings. His noted position was that as a two-time head drum judge at the Gathering of Nations, one of the largest events in Indian Country. He was very proud of his Native heritage, and appeared in numerous documentaries, and coordinated cultural events, and gatherings.
Darrel was a veteran and was proud of his service to protect our homeland. He was in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974, and asked many times to bring in the American flag for cultural events and gatherings as a veteran.
Darrel is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Abrahamson, a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, and four daughters, Dustina (Jamie Farmer), Lacey (Kyle Bacon), Willow (Clair Fox), and Leela Abrahamson, and four grandchildren (Elijah, Zahnive, Nakeezaka, and Mika Rose).
He is survived by his father James Abrahamson Sr.; his brother James Abrahamson Jr.; nieces and nephews, and many extended family members. He had also extended his love to others and adopted many people throughout Indian Country and the Powwow Circle, and is survived by them all.
He was preceded in death by his mother; Violet F. Abrahamson; brothers Kenneth L. and Gary Lee Abrahamson; his granddaughter Maliah Jack; paternal grandparents Milo James Abrahamson and Millie Wynne of Wellpinit, Wash., and his maternal grandparents Sam Friedlander of Nespelem, Wash. and Margret Vallee of DeSmet, Idaho.
Funeral services will begin on May 2, 2013 with a Sunrise Ceremony at his home on Pokibro Lane on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, followed by a farewell feast at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., This will be followed by a military service at 1 p.m. Afterwards, Darrel will be transported to Wellpinit, Wash. on the Spokane Indian Reservation for traditional Interior Salish “Washut” Services on May 3, 2013 at the Longhouse. This will be followed by Mass and Burial on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Ford, Wash. at the Hubert (Indian) Cemetery on May 4, 2013.