Red Crow: Warrior Chief is the only full-scale popular biography of the great Blood Chief, telling his story from childhood to his final years, when he fought to equip his people for life in a new an
Red Crow: Warrior Chief
is the only full-scale popular biography of the great Blood Chief, telling his story from childhood to his final years, when he fought to equip his people for life in a new and strange world.
A fearless and successful warrior as a young man, Red Crow went on to become a wise leader who guided his people through the difficult early years on the reserve, leading them toward better education and self-sufficiency.
From 1870 to 1900, Red Crow was head chief of the Blood tribe, part of the Blackfoot Nation.
As a warrior, diplomat, and statesman, he dominated the affairs of the largest reserve in Canada for more than two decades, keeping his people at peace, yet never letting them surrender their pride and dignity.
He was an important leader and a significant Canadian, yet until this book was first published in 1980, Red Crow had been virtually ignored in the pages of history. Hugh Dempsey's twenty years of research and extensive interviews with members of the Blood tribe - including Frank Red Crow, the chief's adopted son - resulted in this landmark biography of a man whose wisdom, strength, and wise counsel are still felt today on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta.
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Originally a journalist, Hugh Dempsey worked for the government and later as an archivist for the Glenbow Foundation. Dempsey later became Director of History and Associate Director of the Glenbow Museum. As editor of Alberta Historical Review and the author of such books as Red Crow: Warrior Chief and Charcoal's World: The True Story of a Canadian Indian's Last Stand, Dempsey has promoted a larger understanding of Aboriginal issues and history in Calgary and southern Alberta. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary and in 1975 was presented with the Order of Canada.