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Wolfe’s Cloak:


Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 Crowfoot Dagger: Dag Knife and Sheath, Siksika, mid-19th century, maple, metal, brass tacks, buffalo hide, rawhide, beads; purchased with funds from the Historic Resources Fund. © Glenbow Museum This dag knife and beaded hide sheath belonged to Chief Crowfoot. Born into the Kainai Nation in southern Alberta, Crowfoot became a chief in 1870. He was instrument­al in making peace with the Cree and welcomed the North West Mounted Police to Blackfoot territory. A skilled diplomat, he fought to protect his people and participat­ed in the negotiatio­n of Treaty 7. This knife possesses (holds) both practical and ceremonial value; while he practised restraint and was committed to peace, Crowfoot was also a renowned warrior, and the two brass tacks in the handle represent enemies killed in battle.

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