Crow Swimsaway
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Crow Swimsaway (BA, MA University of Chicago; PhD London School of Economics), the Athens area's "friendly neighborhood shaman," flew from this world at age 81 on April 7th after a battle with lung disease.
If you didn't know Crow personally, someone you know did!
Crow was an anthropologist, metaphysician and healer, an activist, artist and author, an educator, master gardener, herbalist and chef. He was a citizen of the world who loved food, drink, animals, people, nature, travel, and good times of any sort.
Crow's anthropological work with the indigenous people of Taiwan and on war and human aggression (under the name of Martin Anderson Nettleship) remain cited and relevant to this day. His books as Crow Swimsaway are available on Amazon.
Crow was involved with the Athens' community as the owner and artist of Hand Eye Jewels and Crow Tattoos, and with Bekki Shining Bearheart he ran The Church of Earth Healing, Horsefeathers, and tended to the land at Dragon Waters. He raised his daughter Maia here through her graduation from Ohio University.
We invite you to celebrate Crow's life and loves with the beauty of nature, community, food, drink, music and remembrances. The good times start at 5pm on June 23rd ten miles south of Athens at one of Crow's special places. A mezze platter from Salaam and pulled pork from Lake Hope Lodge will be served following the memorial! Feel free to bring special food or beverages in celebration. Please visit for directions. RSVP on Facebook, or to if possible, but drop-ins are also welcome.
The outdoor venue will have tents and folding chairs, but bring anything you like to keep you comfortable (sunscreen, water, bug spray, camp chairs, blankets...). The site is handicap-accessible, parking is ample, and the party goes on whatever the weather.

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Published in The Athens NEWS from Jun. 11 to Jul. 11, 2018.
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May 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 27, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of Carl. May the God of peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life.
June 6, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear one. Cherished memories are always close to the heart, and never forgotten. I pray that you and your family receive comfort beyond measure during this difficult time.
Adriene Adriene
May 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm, He will make you strong, He will firmly ground you". 1Peter 5:10
January 30, 2019
My condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort help you in this troubled time. He gives hope to the lowly. Romans 15:13
Edmond Archie
December 6, 2018
When someone we love falls asleep in death the memories we have of them become our treasure, may those cherished memories of a ife well lived and Gods promise at John 6:40 bring you a measure of peace and comfort during this most difficult time. My sincerest condolences to the family.
November 20, 2018
So sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm. He will make you strong. He will firmly ground you" 1Peter 5:10
October 2, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in the Biblical hope expressed at John 6:40
August 3, 2018
August 3, 2018
July 29, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Isaiah 61:1
July 21, 2018
I am deeply sorry for your loss
May fond memories of happy peaceful times soothe your heart
and give you hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
July 6, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please remember to Pray to God for comfort during this difficult time
June 30, 2018
My sincerest condolences to your family during this time of grief. May God comfort and strengthen you as you rely on him in prayer. -Psalms 4:1.
June 29, 2018
With deepest condolences during this time of loss.
June 26, 2018
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
June 22, 2018
The first time I ever saw Crow was when he was in a drumming circle on the small green across from the College Gate, about 1986. I knew Crow as a gentle and creative man and enjoyed originally helping with his public access show, and then enjoying watching the return of his show on Public Access in later years. He once gifted me with his book "Circle of the Ancestors," published in the UK. I will miss running into him in the Athens Public Library. I extend sympathy to his family.
Nan Mykel
June 18, 2018
Deepest sympathy to the family in this time of your dear loss.May you find peace and comfort from family and friends.May you find comfort from the words of Isaiah 51:12I..I mysefl am the One comforting you.
June 18, 2018
As you reflect on the memories and quality time you had with your dear loved one, may you be comforted knowing your family will be in our prayers. Matthew 6:9,10
June 10, 2018
frances reed
June 5, 2018
I knew of Crow thru friends and once attended a wedding of friends that he ministered, one of the most fun weddings I've ever been to. RIP Crow JudithThompson, Florida
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