Peter DePoe (also known as Last Walking Bear) was born in Neah Bay, Washington, in 1943. His tribal descents are Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho, Chippewa, Siletz, Rogue River Tututni and Iroquois. DePoe is also of French and German descent. He became in 1969 the drummer for the Native American rock band Redbone. He was credited with developing a style of drumming known as "King Kong". In 1972, following the death of his father, he left the group. The band replaced him with Arturo Perez, then Tony Bellamy's Filipino-Mexican American cousin, Butch Rillera.