Dear Ghost Ranch Family,
It is with a heavy heart that we reach out to share about the passing of a special person to Ghost Ranch, Nakotah LaRance.
Nakotah is the son of two of our silversmithing instructors, Steve LaRance and his wife Marian Denipah. Nakotah touched the hearts of many at the ranch through the years when he danced, prayed, performed for participants and guests of the Ghost Ranch Jan Term Cultural Honoring Day annual event and the annual end of summer community camp for Rio Arriba County youth. Below you will find an official statement from Steve LaRance and here a link to an article from Indian Country Today.
Blessings, peace and love to his entire family and community during this heartbreaking time.
Stephen, Robin, Ben, Lucy and the Ghost Ranch Staff
From: Facebook –
Steve LaRance with Marian Denipah
July 12 at 10:36 PM · It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the passing of our son and brother Nakotah LaRance.
Lomasohu, as he was known in Hopi, literally translates to “Handsome Star.” Nakotah was one of the most unique individuals this world has known, a pioneer of many achievements, too many to list.
His greatest love was being a mentor of Hoop Dance to the Native Youth. He guided each child to find the beat of their own life path and the pride of their native culture.
His love of life was infectious. He was an individual you could just meet, and be the best of friends 2 minutes later.
He is most widely known for his accomplishments in the world of Hoop Dance, a magician of hoops. He would make people forget their sorrows, and bring both smiles and tears of joy with the magic of his hoop dance.
Above all, he was the most kind hearted human being, with no hate in his heart, he would give you the clothes off his back. He took great pride in the love for his family.
We will miss him dearly. Our family plans to send him home in our traditional Pueblo/Hopi way. Our family asks for your prayers and kind thoughts in this time of grief. If you have a special memory or photo of him please share on this page.
A memorial will be planned for a date in the future, at which time a donation fund has been made in memory of Nakotah “Lomasohu” LaRance to continue to support his love of teaching Traditional Youth Hoop Dancing. If you have a special memory or photo of Nakotah please share. Thank you.
Link for memorial donations: https://www.lightningboyfoundation.com