Quebec Indians Seize Sports Show Spotlight | (1952) | Surnames: Deer (?)
Quebec Indians Seize Sports Show Spotlight
A band of roving Mohawks, far from their native haunts among the foaming rivers and forested hills of Quebec have invaded Milwaukee not to fight but to trade at the Sentinel Sports show now at the Atena Auditorium.
Wearing the buckskin garb and beaded ornaments of their ancestors, Young deer, his mother, Iona, his brother Little Bear, and his cousins, Pine Tree and Lone Wolf, moved into a spacious exhibit space just east of the entrance to the trout stream.
Surrounded by their tRophies of the hunt and the skilled and patient woodcarvings of their Indian brothers and sIsters, they captured the hearts of showgoers.
Young Deer, leader of the little group from Caughnawaga, Quebec explained that the long feathered headdresses they wore were those of Plains Indians of the West. `We wear them for show, but our forefathers wore one, two or three feathers, except for occasional chiefs who had small headdresses. Forest Indians always wore far less than te Plains Indians`he said.
White men listened and boys stared. Young Deer told the story of the Mohawk nation.
Originally inhabitants of the Mohawk Rver and the area around Albany, Schenectady and Amsterdam, N.Y., the Mohawks moved north along Lake George and Lake Champlain as the English and Frenc moved in to claim te area.
Peace loving at first they became the scourge of the country after both the French and the English robbed and plundered them in the fur trade.
“Ìncidentally it was the French and English who taught my ancestors how to scalp“Young Deer said with no bitterness.
Today the Mohawks, rich and prosperous from lumbering, live on a reserve north of Montreal.
Young Deer is a young, well educated Indian wit a love of the forest and a ready smile. He described his people:
“The older Indians have the patirene to do this sort of work, but the young bucks don`t like to sit still that long. They don`t like to rougt it either. We have a large undeveloped reserve about 60 Miles north of our present one in Quebec but we can`t get any of the younger people to settle there.
Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, Feb. 20, 1952
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