Canada Arctic Missionary postcard: Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet

$25.00 CAD

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French postcard from Missionaries of Immaculate-Mary Oblates series, with images of their missions in Canada.

On the front:

“Pied de Corbeau”, Chef des Pieds-Noir 


Missions to Canada’s Extreme North (Arctic) Series I
Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet


On back

Oeuvre des Missions O.M.L. 75 Rue de l’Assomption Paris (XVIe)



(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)

Crowfoot (1830 –1890) was a chief of the Siksika First Nation. His parents were Kainai. He was only five when his father was killed during a raid on the Crow tribe, and a year later, his mother remarried to Akay-nehka-simi (Many Names) of the Siksika people where he was brought up. Crowfoot was a warrior who fought in as many as 19 battles and sustained many injuries. Despite this, he tried to obtain peace instead of tribal warfare. Crowfoot is well known for his involvement in Treaty Number 7 and did much negotiating for his people. While many believe Chief Crowfoot had no part in the North-West Rebellion, he did in fact participate to an extent due to his son's connection to the conflict. Crowfoot died of tuberculosis at Blackfoot Crossing on April 25, 1890.



The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) is a missionary religious congregation in the Catholic Church. It was founded on January 25, 1816, by Saint Eugene de Mazenod, a French priest born in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France on August 1, 1782. The congregation was given recognition by Pope Leo XII on February 17, 1826. The congregation is composed of priests and brothers usually living in community. Their traditional salutation is Laudetur Jesus Christus ("Praised be Jesus Christ"), to which the response is Et Maria Immaculata ("And Mary Immaculate").