By Hugh A. Dempsey
As a pace-setter, Maskepetoon was once revered for his ability as a hunter, his generosity and his knowledge. He was once thought of a “lucky” leader, a guy who discovered buffalo at the fringe of the plains, who kept away from pointless conflicts with enemies yet safe his camp like a mom grizzly her cubs. And within the turbulent mid-1800s, that’s precisely the form of chief the Rocky Mountain Cree wanted. Maskepetoon his personal tendencies for peace and friendship. He shaped allegiances with missionaries and guided settlers during the Rockies. but if useful he might kill with impunity, rule with an iron hand and exhibit no mercy the place he believed none might be proven. He reworked his humans from forest trappers to buffalo hunters and from woodsmen to prairie dwellers, continually retaining their pursuits at center. Hugh A. Dempsey’s account of the mythical leader and his lifestyles comprises insights from the Cree humans of at the present time, together with descendants of Maskepetoon, and new details at the leader of a similar identify who lived within the usa in this time.