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Biography & Autobiography Native Americans

Payepot and His People

by (author) Abel Watetch

introduction by David R. Miller

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Native Americans, Indigenous Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12


Payepot and His People was first published serially by The Western Producer. In 1957 it was published in book form by the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society.

Abel Watetch was a nephew of Chief Payepot and a veteran of World War I. As noted in the introduction to the 1957 edition, Watetch had earlier set down in "fine, clear handwriting" the previously unwritten history of his people, having "assembled many of the recollections of his kin to 'set the record right'," These writings were the basis of the story told here in Payepot and His People, supplemented by further recollections by Watetch and his friend, Chief Sitting Eagle Changing Position (Harry Ball), documented either on tape or through written correspondence.

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Payepot and his People

In Payepot and His People, Abel Watetch, the nephew of Chief Payepot, documents the previously unwritten history of his people.

How does history get recorded? Whose story is the truth? First published in 1957, this is an important document that describes the life of the Cree Chief Payepot, a veteran from World War I. This book is an important recording of First Nations lore, and a significant example of authentic storytelling, research, and oral history.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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