Holy road Curtis (Gulum) Thomas
AKWESASNE, N.Y. ñ Funeral services for Curtis Dion Henry (Gulum) Thomas, 32, of Hogansburg, were held Oct. 16. Burial was in the Longhouse Cemetery, Cornwall Island. Visitation had been held at the family home. Thomas died unexpectedly Oct. 7, at his ranch. He is survived by his wife, Karonienhawi; three children, Siera, 13, of Massena, Quentin, 9, at home, and Marcella, 6, at home; his mother, Loretta Thomas, of Hogansburg, two sisters, Tamra and Faith (Noonie) Thomas, of Hogansburg; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Thomas was born July 27, 1974, in Syracuse, the son of Loretta Thomas and the late Roger Binette. He attended Massena and Salmon River schools, where he received his GED. He also received a certificate in carpentry from St. Lawrence College, Cornwall, Ontario. He was a self-employed artist, carpenter and rancher. He married Karonienhawi Cook on Aug. 18, 1999, at home with Justice of the Peace Jerome Brockway officiating. He was a devoted husband and father. He delivered two of his three children at home. He was a devoted member of the Native American Tipi Society and vice president of the Eastern Region Tipi Society. He was also a musician, playing the guitar and singing with the Standing Arrow Drum Group. Thomas was a coach for hockey and lacrosse. He loved working with the teams in Akwesasne and loved providing young children an outlet for their energy. He loved working on his ranch, where he had as many as six horses at a time. He was self-taught on how to raise, ride and train horses. Early this spring, he had delivered his first foal at his ranch. Thomas was known by his family and friends to be an outstanding role model and mentor for many people. He helped many people learn their Native and spiritual ways. He was a Sun dancer, roadman and pow wow dancer. Thomas will be missed by his family and the many people around the nation who have been touched by his life. His words will be remembered, his thoughts will be our thoughts, his dreams become our dreams and his sprit will live through the many he left behind. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipi Society of Akwesasne so that they may finish the ceremonial house that Thomas was building for the community.