Traditional ceremony at gravesite of eight warriors – Battlefords News-Optimist

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 201984 Views

June 23, 2019

A traditional gathering took place Saturday at the gravesite of the eight Indigenous warriors hanged at Battleford in 1885.

Several elders and members of surrounding First Nations were there for the ceremony remembering the warriors. The event included a pipe ceremony and prayers for those who had died as well as a ceremonial feast. It took place in Battleford at the burial site and memorial commemorating Kah – Paypamahchukways (Wandering Spirit), Pah Pah-Me-Kee-Sick (Walking the Sky), Manchoose (Bad Arrow), Kit-Ahwah-Ke-Ni (Miserable Man), Nahpase (Iron Body), A-Pis-Chas-Koos (Little Bear), Itka (Crooked Leg) and Waywahnitch (Man Without Blood).

“Our people have never forgotten these people. They got hung November 27, 1885,” said Brian Tootoosis, who is co-ordinator and liaison between Parks Canada and First Nations in the area.

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