Item PR3868 - Chief Sitting Eagle Photograph

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Chief Sitting Eagle Photograph

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    • [193-?] (Creation)

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    1 photograph.

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    Chief Sitting Eagle, also known as John Hunter, was born in 1874 and served as a chief of the Chiniki band of the Stoney Nakoda Nations. He was born on and spent most of his life living on the reserve of Mini Thni (Morley). The Stoney Nakoda Nations are composed of Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation.

    Sitting Eagle was known for ranching and leadership abilities and was also known as an artist and craftsman, particularly for tipi designs and painting. He married a Stoney woman, and subsequently taught Sunday School classes on the Stoney Reserve and was a singer with the Chiniki Dancers. He took part in ceremonies, regalia, dancing, drumming, and other traditions of the Stoney Nakoda Nations.

    Sitting Eagle was also a regular participant in the annual Calgary Stampede and was commemorated in 1951 by the Calgary Stampede Board for his contribution to the endeavor over many years. Sitting Eagle died in 1970 at the age of ninety-four, and is buried at Chiniki Cemetery in Morley.

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    This donation consists of one painting or re-coloured photograph of Chief Sitting Eagle. The frame noted it as being from Banff, Alberta.

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    The original frame and mat was water-damaged in one corner and some of this damage spread to the image.

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    The record was donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by Margo Ballash.


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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR2012.0775

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