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The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories

Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History

by (author) Hugh Dempsey

Fifth House Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
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The result of forty years of research, The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories is a book like no other. Combining oral history with written accounts, it is a unique chronicle of the Blackfoot people spanning three hundred years of their history.

The stories collected here 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.

Dating back as far as 1690, these stories 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 government's attempts to control their lives.

These are Indian stories, told from an Indian perspective, of a proud and self-reliant people who prized their freedom and independence.

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.

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