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By Hugh Aylmer Dempsey

Crowfoot, a Blood Indian who turned leader of the Blackfoot country, used to be an exceptional warrior and peacemaker in the course of the time of payment of the Canadian West.In one shattering decade, from 1875 to 1885, the nice buffalo herds disappeared from Western Canada, forcing the Plains Indians who had trusted them for foodstuff, safeguard, and garments, to alter their lifestyle. Crowfoot grew to become a pacesetter by means of advantage, developing his management in conflict. He survived smallpox epidemics, fought in 19 battles, and supplied beneficiant management, sharing his wealth with the fewer successful.Crowfoot tells the tale of ways one Canadian First state was once led via years of cataclysmic switch via a sensible leader, a very good warrior, a diplomat and peacemaker who seen peace because the key to survival.

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Besides his relative frailty, he was troubled by a bad leg caused by an enemy ball striking his kneecap. Even in his youth, Crowfoot was reserved and quiet. Although he had a quick and violent temper, he did not often show it and, when he did, it quickly passed. He seldom joined in social activities and took no part in religious activities. "1 There was restraint, but without shyness or awkwardness. He was outwardly a follower of the native religion but did not join the secret societies. He attended the rituals with his people and recounted his coups in the main medicine lodge, but throughout his life he had little interest in spiritual matters.

They were not Bloods, yet they spoke the language of the Real People. Their faces were painted as his father's had been, and before them they drove a herd of captured ponies. As they came to the camp, they sang their victory song. Uncle Crying Bear went to greet them and learned they were men of the Blackfoot tribe, most of them from the Biters band, and had just returned from raiding the Crows. They were invited to stay with the Bloods until they learned where their people were camped. It was a pleasant stay.

11 He proved to everyone that he could be brave and even merciless in times of war. And as soon as he had a chance, he showed that his was the bravery of a leader, not of a follower. Before he put aside his war knife, he had led several raids and had no trouble recruiting young warriors to accompany him. As was the custom, Crowfoot had a special comrade who went with him on all his raids. Comrades looked after each other in battle, saw that the other was not left behind, and alternated in their firing so that one always would have a charge in his gun while the other performed the involved task of reloading.

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