Blackfoot delegates visit Exeter
25 November 2013
Representatives from the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai Nations of Canada and the Blackfeet Nation of the United States are visiting RAMM to see the museum’s important Blackfoot collections and assist with its interpretation. This is the first time the collection has been seen by Blackfoot people in 130 years and it has been an emotional visit.
The collection includes clothing once owned by Issapoomahsika (Crow Indian’s Big Foot or Crowfoot) an important Blackfoot political leader in the late nineteenth century, when treaty agreements were made between Great Britain and First Nations in Canada. His regalia and other Blackfoot items were sold to the museum in 1904 by the families of colonial officials who were present at the signing of these treaties.
Interviews with traditional and elected leader of the Siksika Nation, Herman Yellow Old Woman, and RAMM’s curator of Ethnography, Tony Eccles, by Heart Radio reporter, Wendy Buckingham, are available on the their website: Blackfoot People in Devon To Reconnect With Spirits.
The visit and broader review of UK Blackfoot collections with the active participation of representatives from Blackfoot Nations in Canada and the USA were made possible by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust.