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Chief Poking Fire & Others (from Caughnawaga?) (1960) | Film footage with Anne Heggtveit

I thought I would share this rather intriguing filmstrip from The British Pathe Historical Collection. It purports to show Chief Poking Fire  as he  confers special honours Anne Heggtveit, a top Canadian skier in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

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June 23, 2019 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Chief Poking Fire, Gathering Words (+ Up In The Skies, Redpath Finder, Little Carrying Name) (1958)

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MONTREAL, Que. (CP).

When the Indians on the Caughnawaga Reserve, 10 miles from here, are faced with difficult problems they frequently go for guidance to their hereditary leader, Chief Poking Fire, and his wife.

Just now the 3,000 residents of the reserve have many problems because the St. Lawrence seaway project is encroaching on their land and, many of them believe, taking away their Indian rights. Continue reading

November 19, 2018 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Indian Bazaar Slated (1946) | Surname: Poking Fire

Index: Newspaper Clippings & Other Extracts Related To Kahnawà:ke

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The Caughnawaga Iroquois’ annual Indian Bazaar in aid of their mission church will start tomorrow evening, according to an announcement form the Mission of St. Francois-Xavier Cahghnawaga. To be held over three consecutive weeneds, the bazaar will feature a display of Indian handicraft, baskets, beadwork and souvenirs on the church grounds. Mohawk braves in full regalia will present a program of native games every evening and there will also be dancing by Chief Poking Fire and his company. Continue reading

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Tombola at Caughnawaga continues During July (1948)

Tombola at Caughnawaga Continues During July

Another colorful annual Indian tombola in aid of St. Francis Xavier Mission is being held this year at Caughnawaga every weekend during the month of July. Continue reading

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Chief Poking Fire Pokes – But Only Ashes Left (1954)

Index: Newspaper Clippings & Other Extracts Related To Kahnawà:ke

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Fire ‘Deliberate,’ Says Chief | Chief Poking Fire Pokes – But Only Ashes Left

 

Chief Poking Fire’s Indian museum at Caughnawaga is no more.

 

A stubborn two-hour blaze levelled the Iroquois village landmark shortly after 9 pm Saturday. The colorful chief told The Gazette that he believed the fire had been “set deliberately.” He said RCMP officers on the reservation were investigating the possibility of arson. Continue reading

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Chief Poking Fire Has Pow-wow To Proclaim Coming Festivities (1948)

Index: Newspaper Clippings & Other Extracts Related To Kahnawà:ke

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Chief Poking Fire Has Pow-wow To Proclaim Coming Festivities

Resplendent in a headdress of waving eagle plumes and wearing the brilliantly beaded wampum of his ancestors, Chief Poking Fire of Caughnawaga held pow-wow in his Long House yesterday to announce there would be feasting and dancing in his village throughout Aug. 21 and 22 to honor Kateri Tekakwitha Mohawk maiden who died there 2 1/2 centuries ago.

Since 1884, the Iroquois tribes have prayed that Tekakwitha, or Lily of the Mohawks as she also is known, be proclaimed  saint. If the prayers of his people are answered – and Poking Fire maintains they will be before many moons are past – Tekakwitha will be North America’s first native saint. Continue reading

December 31, 2013 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Index: Vintage Postcards of Kahnawake

 Iroquois couple, Kahnawaga (Caughnawaga, Quebec)


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Iroquois Couple, Caughnawaga, Que.
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August 9, 2010 Posted by | . | , , , | 1 Comment

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.

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | . | , , , , | 3 Comments

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

The Museum

Chief Poking Fire Indian Museum, in black and white

Chief Poking Fire Indian Museum – a colour view 

 

The Entertainers

Chief Poking Fire on horseback near a tipi 

The Chief And His Tribe In “Roti-tsien-ha-len” Council

Chief Poking Fire’s Son Walking Sky | In Costume

Newspaper Clipping

Chief Poking Fire Has Pow-wow To Proclaim Coming Festivities (1948)  

Chief Poking Fire Pokes – But Only Ashes Left (1954) 

 

Index: First Peoples Genealogy and History

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Chief Poking Fire | Indian Village & Museum | Caughnawaga, Kahnawake

Chief Poking Fire  Caughnawaga (KA_NA_WA_KE) Indian Reserve, Canada.

from: Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

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March 3, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 7 Comments