A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Chief Poking Fire’s Son Walking Sky

In her 1980 Montreal Gazette article

Caughnawaga Designs All The Rage In Europe .

journalist Iona Monahan talked about the fine textile work of  Mohawk Margie Karaqwisake who had started out making costumes for the Chief Poking Fire Village dancers and who then went on to make “soft leather dresses and vests – to order” for European clients.

Karaqwisake was married to Red Pathfinder, son of Walking Sky and grandson of Chief Poking Fire. It is Walking Sky who is pictured in the chrome postcard to your right.

I learned from this article that Karaqwisake was passing on her skills to her children, and it makes me wonder whether I saw any of their handiwork on display last summer at Kahnawake’s Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow Wow.

Related Posts

Index: Chief Poking Fire Museum & Indian Village, Kahnawake, Quebec

Index: First Peoples Genealogy and History

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  1. I am really enjoying these postcards of the Native Americans! It is so interesting how they passed on their skills to their children, keeping their heritage alive.


    Comment by Wendy Hawksley | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I love those Indian names.


    Comment by postcardy | March 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. I am just beginning to explore this amazing website, obviously assembled with the utmost care and attention to detail. The inclusion of such a rich array of graphics and photographs indicates the author’s concern for providing an involving journey. Spend some time here! It will be time well-spent!


    Comment by Bob Theriault | March 7, 2011 | Reply

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