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Chief Red Eagle Dies in 48th Year (1941) | Surnames: Beauvais, Kan-at-ak-ien-iate, Stacey

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Blood-Poisoning Fatal – To Brave Whose English Name Was Mike Stacey

Chief Red Eagle, known to thousands of United States tourists for his famous  Red Eagle village at Caughnawaga, and to thousands of Canadians for his rope tricks and archery skill died Saturday at  the Lachine General Hospital of blood poisoning.

The 47-year-old Indian – Red Eagle was one of the few left who could claim nearly 100 per cent native blood – had been hospitalized for three weeks, following blood poisoning which set in through an infection on his neck. Known as Red Eagle, his English name was Mike Stacey and his Indian name was Kan-at-ak-ien-iate which means “the end of the village.”

Born at Caughnawaga, he was a well-known huntsman and fisherman in his youth and was a steelworker like so many of his tribe. Latterly, however, his talent with the rope and the bow-and-arrow, coupled with his genius for organizing Indian shows, took him into the theatrical business. He played in theatres and halls through the winters, and in summers operated is Red Eagle village at Caughnawaga where he sold beadwork and other souvenirs.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Beauvais – sister of Fred Beauvais who became famous in the Stillman affair – and four children.

Funeral service will be held at 8:30 a. today from the St. Francois Xavier Church, Caughnawaga, Father Lalonde officiating.


Source: The Montreal Gazette, June 2nd, 1941



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