Harry Red Eagle, Sr. was the oldest child of Paul and Cecelia Red Eagle born on September 15, 1902 in Barnsdall, Okla. He attended school in Barnsdall and later attended the Osage Boarding School in Pawhuska, Okla. He married classmate Mary Pappin on December 3, 1918, in Hominy. He was a roadman in the Native American Church at the family church in Barnsdall. He served on the Osage Tribal Council and was a charter member of the National Congress of American Indians. He served as the head committee man for the Hominy InLonShkah Committee for many years.

Harry and Mary had three children: Cecelia Red Eagle Thornton, Harry Red Eagle Jr., and Joseph Harlin Red Eagle, who passed away at age three. They were blessed with ten grandchildren and were always an integral part of their lives. In the introduction Harry Red Eagle Sr. can be heard speaking as the head committee man from Hominy conveying his gratitude to the Grayhorse committee for their hospitality during their dance. Harry passed away on August 20, 1965. He was 62 years old.