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 t
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.
Hugh Aylmer Dempsey
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is a Canadian historian, an author and the Chief Curator Emeritus of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. Dempsey has authored more than 20 books, focusing primarily on the history of people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary and was made an honorary chief of the Kainai Blackfoot in 1967. For his contributions to the study of the Plains Indians, Dempsey was awarded membership in the Order of Canada in 1975.