After more than a century in U.K., Blackfoot relics could soon come home – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 202081 Views

Beaded shirt, bow and arrow and other items belonging to Chief Crowfoot have been at museum in Exeter

Feb 12, 2020

Alberta’s Siksika Nation is pushing to have priceless artifacts returned to them from a museum in the United Kingdom.

The relics, including a beaded shirt and leggings as well as a bow and arrow and other personal possessions, once belonged to a Siksika chief named Crowfoot but have been housed at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, 350 km southwest of London, for nearly 150 years.

Now, the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is leading the charge to have the artifacts returned so that they can be displayed on traditional Blackfoot territory (the Siksika​​​​​​​ are one of several clans that are part of the Blackfoot confederacy). The park’s Shannon Bear Chief says the items in question are significant because of their connection to the signing of Treaty 7, which laid the foundations of the Crown’s relationship with several First Nations in southern Alberta.

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