CHIEF POUNDMAKER aka PITIKWAHANAPIWIYIN
1842 – 1886
"It would be so much easier just to fold our hands and not make this fight..., to say; that I, one man, I can do nothing. I grow afraid only when I see people thinking and acting like this. We all know the story about the man who sat by the trail too long, and then it grew over, and he could never find his way again. We can never forget what has happened but we cannot go back. Nor can we just sit beside the trail."
Pitikwahanapiwiyin’s dying and last words...
A NOTE: Born in about 1842 near Battleford in central Saskatchewan Canada , Pitikwahanapiwiyin was the son of Sikakwayan, a Stoney shaman, and his Métis wife. Pitikwahanapiwiyin grew up with his Plains Cree relatives under the influence of his maternal uncle Mistawasis (Big Child), a leading figure in the Eagle Hill (Alberta) area. In 1873 Isapo-Muxika (Crowfoot), Chief of the Blackfoot, following a Plains Indian custom, adopted Pitikwahanapiwiyin to replace one of his own sons who had been killed in battle thereby creating family ties between the two First Nations.
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