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Camille Navo George


1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Camille Navo George Obituary
Camille Navo George, 92 years old, began her journey to the Spirit World on March 14, 2018. She was born on March 4, 1926, to Charles Navo (who had lived on the Lemhi Reservation and worked as a supply-wagon driver for the Agency) and Zuni White Bear in Lincoln Creek, Idaho. Her paternal grandmother was "Zippuh-dugi," Lemhi Shoshone, and maternal grandfather Old Man White Bear, Lemhi Shoshone, and maternal grandmother May Hammer, Bannock Indian. ?Camille spent her childhood in Lincoln Creek, where her family had moved after the closure of the Lemhi Reservation. Her father, Charles, raised cattle, horses, and wheat, there. Following his death, Camille's family moved to Salmon, Idaho, to join her older brother Elmer Navo. In Salmon, at the Indian Camp, Camille built a small house for her mother and family (in fact, it was the last house standing at the Indian camp on Kid's Creek. It was demolished in the 1990s). In 1953, while attending a cultural ceremony in Fort Hall, she met and married the love of her life, Wilford George. They made their home in the traditional homeland of Salmon, Idaho, where her family lived.
After raising their children, they moved to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Following her husband's passing, she continued to spend her golden years in Fort Hall and was cared for by her daughter Rozinaand granddaughter Zahnive. ?Throughout her life, Camille was acknowledged as a bead-work artist both locally and nationally. She was also recognized for her cultural knowledge and wisdom and will always be remembered for her kindness and willingness to share traditional ways and teachings. Throughout the years, she also participated in preserving cultural history in documents and media. One of her noted contributions was to assist with establishment of the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon, Idaho. Camille was the oldest living member of Sacajawea's people.
Camille is survived by her three daughters, Rose Ann Abrahamson, Rozina and Emma George, and numerous grandchildren, great-children, and one great-great grandchild. She also has numerous extended familial relatives.?She is preceded in death by her husband Wilford (Willie), three sons Wilford George Jr, Johnny George and Billy George; parents; grandparents; brothers, Elmer, Alfred, Richard and Bill Navo; sisters, Lilly Navo Sawyer, Gertie Navo, and Belle Navo; as well as a number of other relatives.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 24, 2018
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