Aapohsoy'yiis (Weasel Tail Sr.) died Jan. 14,1950, his exact age is not known. Weasel Tail was born Ca.1860 and raised with the Blood tribe along the Bow River in Canada. As an adult Weasel Tail spent most of his life with the Peigans in the U.S. He was renowned for his detailed knowledge of the early Blackfoot life and mythology. Weasel Tail gained knowledge of early times by collecting the elders stories so that he could share the knowledge of earlier days. Victory-Over-All-Woman was his favourite storyteller, Weasel Tail believed that she was over 100 when he knew her, and she told him of her grandmothers stories of the days before horses. Other stories Weasel tail collected concerned the female war Chief Running Eagle who Weasel Tails friend Old Chief White Grass had fought for. In the photograph Weasel tail is wearing his grizzly claw necklace that he earned when he killed a wounded bear with his hunting knife, by jumping on it’s back and stabbed it in the head. He was a noted warrior and historian, who led three war parties on ten expeditions. Photograph was taken in Calgary, Canada when Weasel Tail was a teenager, and before his time spent in the United States. (Info from "Weasel Tail: Stories Told by Joe Crowshoe Sr (Aapohsoy'yiis), A Peigan-Blackfoot Elder" by Michael Ross (Author)
Post by kingsleybray on Jun 19, 2020 16:56:35 GMT -5
Weasel Tail was one of the main consultants on John C. Ewers' classic books The Blackfeet: Raiders of the Northwestern Plains and The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture. Both come with the highest possible recommendation.