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The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories: Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History

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The result of more than 40 years of research, The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories is a unique oral history spanning three hundred years of the Blackfoot people. Dating back as far as 1690, the stories collected here by Hugh Dempsey tell of renowned Blackfoot warriors such as Calf Shirt and Low Horn, of those who tried to adapt to a changing world, and of others who rebelled against the governments attempts to control their lives. These stories are factual, based on extensive interviews with Blackfoot elders as well as research into government documents, accounts of early travelers, and records kept by missionaries, Indian Department officials, and the Mounted Police.

Once free and independent buffalo hunters, the members of the Blackfoot Nation–the Blood, Blackfoot, and Peigan–were forced onto reserves in the 1880s. These stories portray the problems and traumas accompanying those changes: the clash of Native and white cultures and the hardships the Blackfoot endured through years of poverty on their new reserves. The elders tales are reminiscences on buffalo hunts, exciting raids on enemy camps, and the freedom of wandering the prairies. Good and evil spirits being an everyday reality of Blackfoot life, the stories also explore the supernatural.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-247) and index.

About the Author

Hugh A. Dempsey, Chief Curator Emeritus of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, is the author of Crowfoot: Chief of the Blackfeet and The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories. A longtime editor of Alberta History, Dempsey is an honorary chief of the Blood tribe of the Blackfoot.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806128214
Author:
Dempsey, Hugh A.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Dempsey, Hugh A.
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Siksika Indians
Subject:
Piegan Indians.
Subject:
Kainah Indians.
Subject:
Kainah Indians -- History.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Siksika Indians -- History.
Subject:
Piegan Indians -- History.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Oklahoma paperbacks ed.
Series Volume:
no. 10
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 bandw illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 0.95 lb

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