Frank L.

Hunt
The only newspaper to send a correspondent to the Treaty Four negotiations was The Manitoban which sent F.L. Hunt who was married to a Cree/Assiniboine woman named Kah-nah-nah-Kah-po-mit (Harriet Fox). Hunt and Kah-nah-nah-Kah-po-mit were hosted in the Indian camp by her brother Okanese, as their father Chief Mahkaysis (The Fox) had recently passed away. 1 Mahkaysis (Fox) was a son of Le Sonnant and younger brother of Kahkewistahaw (He who Flies Around). He was a renowned hunter, peacemaker, and linguist who was head chief of the eastern Cree by mid-century. Okanese and Pasqua, who were both sons of Mahkaysis, signed Treaty No. 4, made at Fort Qu’Appelle in 1874, as did their uncle Kahkewistahaw. Hunt described the journey to the Treaty Four negotiations at Fort Qu’Appelle in the September 26, 1874 edition of the paper. He joined the brigade of carts “bound with Treaty supplies” at the Portage and traveled with them for 15 days before reaching the site of the Qu’Appelle Valley. In his “Notes of the Qu‟Appelle Treaty” Hunt also described the scene at the treaty Grounds : A few camps of half-breeds; some rude houses, from one of which was flying a flag indicative of the immense bargains to be had within; a great camp of Indians on the plain across the river; the Company‟s fort beyond; the whole shut in by the brown bluff.... The assemblage of Indians was not as large as might naturally have been expected, --a few Sioux as lookers-on, the bulk of the Otchipwes [Saulteaux] and not a great many Crees, who were absent at the Buffalo hunt securing their winter’s provisions.2 Metis Scrip claims: Hunt, Sylvester; address: Poplar Point, Manitoba; claim no. 2099; born: 1 Feb., 1878 at Qu'Appelle; father: Frank Larnard Hunt (White); mother: Harriet Fox (Indian) Hunt, Francis; address: Poplar Point, Manitoba; claim no. 2100; born: 23 July, 1880 at Qu'Appelle; father: Frank Larnard Hunt (White); mother: Harriet Fox (Indian)
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LAC, RG10, Volume 3612, File 4012, “Frank L. Hunt to Lieutenant -Governor Alexander Morris, Qu‟Appelle, September, 1874.
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F.L. Hunt, “The Indian Treaty! Scenes en Route. The Fair Valley of the Qu‟Appelle. Letters From Under a Cart” The Manitoban, September 26, 1874.

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Edited and Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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