Blackfoot officials visit Exeter
8th November 2013
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Representatives from the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai Nations of Canada and the Blackfeet Nation of the United States are coming to Exeterâs Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM). They are coming to see the museumâs 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 their knowledge is crucial to the full understanding of the importance of the material. 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. A panel discussion at the museum on Sunday 24 November from 2 to 4 pm will allow interested parties to meet the delegation and find out more. The panel includes members of the Blackfoot group and staff involved in the project from RAMM and other UK museums. Who the Blackfoot people are today, their perspectives on the treaty agreements and their thoughts on why Blackfoot collections in UK museums are important will all be discussed. The visit, panel discussion and the 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.

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