He had a wonderful career in music, Broadway, and television.
He had a great voice!I think I first seen him on Ed Sullivan and The Rifleman...as a kid.
Rest In Peace-> Ed Ames.
Ed Ames Dies: TV, Stage Star And Hitmaking Singer Was 95 (msn.com)
You are correct he was not. His parents immigrated here from Ukraine. And was jewish.Like others, I remember him from Daniel Boone.
I'm sure there will be people on the internet pointing out that he was not actually Native American.
ETA: I wasn't really old enough to see this when it happened, but I do remember seeing it later...and didn't really understand the humor until even later.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
While playing Mingo on television, Ames developed some skill in throwing a tomahawk. This led to one of the most memorable moments of his career, when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 27, 1965.
During the course of the show, Ames and Johnny Carson were discussing Ames' tomahawk throwing abilities. When Ames claimed that he could hit a target from across the room, Carson asked Ames if he could demonstrate this skill. Ames agreed, and a wood panel with a chalk outline of a cowboy was brought on to the stage. As the studio band played a bar of the theme music from Adventures of Pow Wow, Ames proceeded to throw the tomahawk, which hit the "cowboy" square in the groin with the handle pointing upward. This led to a very long burst of laughter from the audience, which has been called the longest sustained laugh by a live audience in television history.
After a moment, Ames proceeded to walk toward the target to retrieve the tomahawk but Carson stopped him and allowed the situation to be appreciated for its humor. Ames then said to Carson "Think I'm going into another business, John." To which Carson ad-libbed: "I didn't even know you were Jewish!" and "Welcome to Frontier Bris."
Ames then asked Carson if he would like to take a turn throwing, to which Carson replied: "I can't hurt him any more than you did." The clip became a favorite of Carson's own yearly highlight show and subsequent blooper television specials.