Duck Lake Powwow 1967

Brenda Ahenakew (Greyeyes) as Indian Princess, 1967

Brenda Ahenakew (Greyeyes) as Indian Princess, 1967, screen capture from Duck Lake PowWow documentary

Duck Lake Powwow, 1967

Amazing 15 minute documentary of the Duck Lake Powwow, 1967.

Since this documentary has now gone viral (at least within the Greyeyes family!) I’ve had a chance to collect a few more names of people to watch for, thanks to Dolores Sand and Elaine Greyeyes. I also showed the video to Angus Esperance (of Beardy’s reserve) at the recent SICC Language Keepers Conference, and he also identified a few of the participants.

The young man who tells the Indian Agent joke is Duke Redbird.
The priest who argues at the end is Father Duhaime, principal of the Duck Lake Residential School.
Also spotted:
Gordon Tootoosis (on the float, in a headdress)
Lawrence Greyeyes, about age 8 (before he was even known as Boss)
Victorine Greyeyes (on the float, behind Brenda, in modern dress)
Charlie Boyer (one of many crew cuts in the audience)
Alma Favel King (behind Edward Ahenakew, during the speech of Howard Adam)
Ada Ledoux (during Harold Cardinal’s speech)
Mosoom Edward Ahenakew, father of the late Freda Ahenakew (with the eyebrows)
Kohkom Annie Ahenakew, mother of the late Freda Ahenakew (near the beginning with glasses)

Dolores Sand is pretty sure she remembers the horses, too…

April 2018: Some additional details thanks to Patricia Deiter:

This was produced at a time when FSI under Walter Deiter was attempting to wrestle control of Indian Education (Indian Residential Schools) from the churches. They were successful with Lebret in 1969. Walter Deiter, Delia Opekakew, and Maryanne Lavallee were all visible in this film and were major contributors to make this transition away from very reluctant churches. The guitar singer at the start was Harry Bird from Peepeekisis.

November 2019: Jen Pelletier identifies her father, Wilfred Pelletier as the guy who tells the freedom joke.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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