Waiser - Loyal Till Death:Indians and the Northwest Rebellion - 1885 Draft

Database ID32167
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Archives
Fonds/CollectionBill Waiser fonds
File/Item ReferenceMG169_SIII-1885-Draft (Box 16)
Date of creation199?
Physical description/extent1 file; 2 cm
Number of images1
Historical noteLoyal Till Death: Indians and the North West Rebellion was co-authored with Professor Blair Stonechild, head of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada. The book was praised for its sensitivity in telling the stories of Indians during this turbulent time. It won a 1997 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Peoples Publishing and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction.
Scope and contentThe file contains various documents compiled by Dr. Waiser during the research and writing of "Loyal Till Death:Indians and the Northwest Rebellion" (1997). These include: a photocopy of a "memorandum for the Honble [sic] the Indian Commissioner relative to the future management of Indians" (1885) by Hayter Reed giving instructions for the treatment of Indians and Metis following the uprising of that year; a copy of a handwritten personal threat (authorship and origin unknown) reading "Beware Old Man the death of Riel by hanging would be your own death I give you fair warning so beware And if Riel is hanged Prepare to Appear before your Creator without further notice. You will be able to fall at any moment. Remember that this is no snake story" possibly from the National Archives of Canada; photocopies of Dictionary of Canadian Biography entries for Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear), Pitikwahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker), Kapapamahchakwew (Wandering Spirit), Kamiyistowesit (Beardy); a typed "Glossary of Indian Names and Terms"; a copy of a handwritten list of places of historic significance to the Plains Cree in Western Saskatchewan including locations near Kerrobert, Biggar, Rosetown, Maidstone, St. Walburg, Kindersly, Fort Pitt, and Tramping Lake; photocopied nineteenth century genealogical data on the Jobin and Falcon families; a memo sent from Blair Stonechild to Bill Waiser with historical research information on Chief Mosquito, Sir John A. MacDonald's remarks in the House of Commons on Indian role in the 1885 uprising, Indian place names, a report from an American agent at Fort Belknap on the arrival of Little Poplar, Lucky Man, and two sons of Big Bear in Montana, correspondence from Fort Belknap regarding the arrival of Cree exiles in 1885, and a report from Fort Assiniboine, Montana on the arrival of 200 Cree "from Riel Rebellion"; a photocopy of a Prince Albert Times article from 1885 about the discussion between Chief Beardy and General Middleton at Prince Albert, SK following the 1885 uprising; handwritten research notes (presumably by Dr. Waiser) on Indian involvement in 1885 particularly with reference to Battleford and western Saskatchewan; a photocopy of a handwritten letter from John A. MacDonald regarding Chief Poundmaker (1886); a series of research notes on the history of the One Arrow First Nation; an article entitled "With Hatton's Scouts in pursuit of Big Bear" by Joseph Hicks of the Fort Macleod [AB] Historical Association (nd); some handwritten research notes from a notepad (presumably by Dr. Waiser) on various Cree contacts and history in Montana; a typed excerpt with sources attached discussing Kopahawakenum and the looting of the Hudson's Bay Company property at what is now Green Lake, SK in 1885; assorted handwritten research notes on First Nations invovlement in the 1885 uprising on recipe cards (presumably by Dr. Waiser); a photocopy of a handwritten letter from Lieutenant Governor Adams G. Archibald entitled "To the Indians of the Saskatchewan" obtained from the Glenbow Archives; english notes on an "Interview with Ernest Bull of Little Pine Band July 9, 1993" conducted by Jeffery Kahmakoostyo (Kam); english notes on an "Interview with Henry Bear of Little Pine Band, July 13, 1993" conducted by Jeffrey Kahmakoostayo (Kam); a copy of correspondence from the National Archives of Canada between J.B. Harkin of Canadian National Parks and Professor Arthur S. Morton (University of Saskatchewan) regarding the possible purchase of the Duck Lake battle site by Parks Canada; a typed booklet entitled "Note on Archival Letters 1885 Book Project" with a chronological recounting of correspondence read related to the project; various papers listing chronological correspondence related to the department of Indian Affairs before 1885 in the Saskatchewan area; photocopy of a letter by Hayter Reed from the National Archives (RG10 ); photocopy and transcription of a letter to Edgar Dewdney by Lawrence VanKoughnet regarding Treaty Six provisions with relation to the Carlton Agency of Indian Affairs (1885) (RG10 Black Series Vol. 3697 File 15423 Reel #C-10122) ; photocopy and transcription of a letter from the Indian Office at Carlton, N.W.T. (Fort Carlton) regarding a meeting of the South Branch Chiefs and James Smith with relation to Treaty Six promises and a list of grievances by I. Ansdell Macrae (RG10 Black Series Vol. 3697 File 15423 Reel #C-10122); a photocopy of a letter from Hayter Reed regarding Indians in the Battleford district and their Treaty payments from teh National Archives of Canada (MG29 E106 Vol.18); 3 copied transcripts from the Mandelbaum Papers (R875 Notebooks:Transcripts I-II 1934, f.8a) Saskatchewan Archives Board, the first folder of which discusses the "House People" or Cree of the Carlton District and their history as related by informants Sam Wolf and Joe Wolf in 1934, Father LeChevalier of the Oblate Order at the St. Laurent Mission, the second folder discusses the acquisiton of guns by the Willow Cree of the Carlton District, the results of an interview with an elderly man at the Mistawasis Reserve, a Mrs. Brass, Joe Wolf again, the third folder relates a story from the uprising of 1885 about a wounded man named Misstimmas (?) being healed by a bear skin, and an interview with an elderly Cree man at Mistawasis who speaks on the subject of Cree religion; various miscellaenous research notes on First Nations peoples and figures around the time of the 1885 uprising including Chief Piapot (presumably by Dr. Waiser); copies of four letters from Saskatchewan Chiefs Piapot and Pasqua to the federal government and a reply by Prime Minister MacDonald (1885-1886); and a copy of a letter from an unidentified Indian Agent from the Crooked Lake Reserve reporting to Ottawa in 1885.
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Primary MediaTextual documents
Provenance Access PointWaiser, William Andrew, 1953 - . (historian)
PlaceCut Knife, Saskatchewan, Canada
Green Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 6
Canada -- National
Cultural regionPlains
Canada -- National
NamesBeardy ** [kâ-mîyastowçsit
Big Bear, ca. 1828-1889 (Chief)
Bull, Ernest
Chakastaypasin (Chief)
Father of okimāsis
His Shadow on the Water ** [tcikaste-peciu
Little Pine
Poundmaker, ca. 1842-1886 (Chief)
Waiser, William Andrew (Bill)
Wandering Spirit, 1845-1885
SubjectIndigenous Peoples General
Indigenous Relations
Community Histories
Northwest Resistance
Government policy
Government departments
Community Life
Cree - Plains
Cree - Woodland
Nez Perce
Nakoda (Stoney)
A\'aninin (Gros Ventre)
Date Range(s)1880-1889
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