Nancy Pasternack / The Bulletin

Martinez Heath • 1945 — 2006

Here on Earth, he lived in two worlds.

In one world, he raced fast horses and mixed with jet-setting millionaire businessmen. He traveled from city to city, and relished the celebrity that his charisma and talent attracted.

The other world — the one into which Martinez “Marty” Heath was born — was simple and unhurried. He helped his family manage its herd of livestock, and helped his community to preserve its heritage.

After his death Monday from natural causes, 61-year-old Heath, a former thoroughbred jockey and Warm Springs tribal member, was prepared in a manner dictated by traditions thousands of years old, to lead the afterlife of a Plateau Indian.

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