First Nation Niche

Calgary’s Glenbow Museum had a section  on the Prairie First Nations and I wasn’t disappointed. In the centre of the exhibit, stood a full size tipi.

Sitting Eagle’s headdress, Glenbow Museum

I meandered around school groups sitting before a First Nation speaker when I came upon a headdress. This headdress, made from eagle feathers, rabbit fur, horsehair, hides and beads once belonged to Sitting Eagle around a hundred years ago. It was the same kind of head piece that once decorated chiefs in old Western movies.

Like the movies that stereotyped First Nation peoples, I always thought the prairie peoples were Blackfoot but soon learned they were: Ni-tsi-ta-pi-ksi; Sao-kitapiiksi; Nitsi-poi-yiksi; Kainai; Siksika; Apatohsipikani; and Amsskaapipikani.

The Glenbow Museum from Calgary Tower

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