Crowfoot, a Blood Indian who became chief of the Blackfoot Nation, was a great warrior and peacemaker during the time of settlement of the Canadian West.
In one shattering decade, from 1875 to 1885, the great buffalo herds disappeared from Western Canada, forcing the Plains Indians who had depended on them for food, shelter, and clothing, to change their way of life. Crowfoot became a leader by merit, establishing his leadership in battle. He survived smallpox epidemics, fought in 19 battles, and provided generous leadership, sharing his wealth with the less successful.
Crowfoot tells the story of how one Canadian First Nation was led through years of cataclysmic change by a wise chief, a great warrior, a diplomat and peacemaker who viewed peace as the key to survival.
About the author
Hugh Dempsey is an author, historian, and researcher. He is the former associate director of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and is currently its chief curator emeritus. He is also the editor of the quarterly Alberta History. Dempsey was made an honorary chief of the Kainai Blackfoot in 1967 and in 1975 was invested as a member of the Order of Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Great Blackfoot Treaties, Maskepetoon, Firewater, and Crowfoot.
"Ably written and well illustrated."
"Crowfoot is presented with imagination, evokes pathos and deals with universal problems."
Other titles by Hugh Dempsey
The Great Blackfoot Treaties
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories
Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History
Leader, Warrior, Peacemaker
Heaven is Near the Rocky Mountains
The Impact of the Whiskey Trade on the Blackfoot Nation
The Golden Age of the Canadian Cowboy
An Illustrated History
The True Story of a Canadian Indian's Last Stand