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By Hugh Aylmer Dempsey

Crowfoot, a Blood Indian who grew to become leader of the Blackfoot state, used to be a very good warrior and peacemaker throughout the time of cost of the Canadian West.In one shattering decade, from 1875 to 1885, the good buffalo herds disappeared from Western Canada, forcing the Plains Indians who had trusted them for meals, take care of, and garments, to alter their lifestyle. Crowfoot grew to become a pace-setter through benefit, constructing 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 swap by way of a sensible leader, an excellent warrior, a diplomat and peacemaker who considered peace because the key to survival.

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But Fate had planned a different life for him in another tribe, and love for his mother had started him toward this goal. When the camp was struck, the little party moved out from the wooded valley and onto the sweeping plain. In the lead was Many Names, the Blackfoot, while behind him followed his new familya wife, two children, and a father-in-law. Over the plains and past the Little Bow River they went until they found the main trail north from Ghost Pound Creek. It was well rutted from travois poles cutting deep into the soil.

Hundreds of decaying forms of human beings, horses and dogs lay scattered everywhere among the lodges," he recorded. "10 During that year, an estimated six thousand Blackfeet, or two-thirds of the whole nation, perished from smallpox. Never again were they quite as numerous as they had been before that tragic year. Somehow, Bear Ghost and the close members of his family escaped the dread disease, but there were few who had not lost loved ones. By the time the smallpox had run its course, Bear Ghost was eight years old.

There were three tribes in the nation, all speaking the same language. To the south were the Piegans with a population of about seventy-five hundred, while north of them were the Bloods and the Blackfeet, each with about forty-five hundred. Allied to the nation, but speaking in different tongues, were the Atsinas, or Gros Ventres, to the east and the tiny Sarcee tribe to the north. These tribes ranged over the northern plains from the Upper Missouri River to the North Saskatchewan and from the Yellowstone River to the Rocky Mountains in search of food.

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