A score of years has not passed by since a famous battle was fought between the united tribes of Bloods and Piegans
against the Crees on the banks of this river, opposite the coal city of southern Alberta.
Russell's 1918 painting Piegans
sold for $5.6 million at a 2005 auction.
Born a few miles south of Rapid City in March 1852, as a youth he took part in skirmishes with Crows and Piegans
The Blackfoot tribes inhabited the emerging borderland and received very different treatment by the Mounties than at the hands of the US Army, with its massacre of Piegans
on January 23, 1870, in Montana Territory.
In All the Beautiful Sinners (2003), for instance, Sheriff Jim Doe's father Horace is 17/52 Blackfeet-Piegan, which makes him both mildly redundant (Piegans
are Blackfeet) and mathematically absurd: what does his father's 17/52 blood quantum make him?
During that winter, over 400 of the Southern Piegans
-- who had remained buffalo hunters to the end -- starved to death." A.
It's spelled and punctuated a bit like Don Marquis's archy and mehitabel, but it is about beavers, buffaloes, bears and more especially Indians - Piegans
, Bloods, Blackfeet, Bannocks, Snakes, Crows, Nez Perces and Flatheads.
It was claimed as belonging more especially to the Crees, Blackfeet, and Sarcees, the Bloods and the Piegans
having only a slight interest in its ownership.
At High River, there I saw the biggest number of Indians I ever saw together, consisting of Blackfeet, Bloods and Piegans
. We were camped in a valley when they suddenly appeared on the sky line and poured like a flood of water down the slopes on every side, surrounding us on every side and then encamping with our tiny camp in the middle.
At the crossing of Badger Creek we ran on to 12 lodges of Piegans
and their chief, a tall fine looking man, exhausted all his native eloquence in trying to dissuade us from going any farther north, saying the Blackfeet would shoot if we invaded their domain to prospect.
We all started back to camp and had not reached our wagons when the Crows swept down near the Piegans
and opened fire on them, killing four.