Kamiscowesit, (Kahmeeyistoowaysit) Chief Beardy.

(1828-1889)
Kamiscowesit, “Little Moustache” or Beardy was the son of a French Half-Breed and Cree woman. He was son-in-law to George Sutherland having married his daughter Yakutsu-s. This was Sutherland’s daughter with his first wife Papamikewis (Swinger). Her half brother was One Arrow, the son of Paskus (Rising) and George Sutherland. Her sister, Nawapukayus, was married to Seswepiu the chief of the neighbouring reserve, called Okemasis after the chief who succeeded him upon his death. Seswepiu was the son of Wimtchik a French Half-Breed. His sisters Ayamis and Minuskipuihat were both married to One Arrow. Thus Beardy and Seswepui were brothers-in-law, both married to George Sutherland’s daughters.1

Beardy at far right.

After the Resistance fighting ended on May 20, 1885 Chief Beardy sent word to General Middleton at Prince Albert that he wanted provisions. He was told to surrender his rifles or be fed lead.

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D.G. Mandelbaum, interview with Father Le Chevalier on July 18, 1934, Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta tape # IH-DM.23, transcript disc 135.

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He and his Councillors soon came in and their medals and treaty money was taken from them. Captain Hague of the 90th Battalion gave Beardy $10.00 for his tobacco pouch and another officer gave him the same for his pipe. Beardy did not want to sell it; it belonged to his father." (R.K. Allan's "A Soldier's Diary") George H. Ham has recorded Beardy’s interview with General Middleton; He was sorry for what had been done in joining the rebels. As true as he stood there at the present time, he wished to live in peace. He would like to go home and tell his people there was peace. …Continuing, Beardy said he had held out for some time, but his people forced him into the trouble. He had only about forty men in his band.2 Some of Beardy’s Band members reported to be in the Resistance are: Beardy, Helene Chicicum, Boss Bull, Splashing Water. Chicicum (Splashing Water) also known as Boss Bull or Jack Crane was a member of Beardy’s Band.3 His name was written as “Jikakum” in the Saskatchewan Herald reports of 1885. Chicicum and Kahmeeusekommeekahwein were both interviewed by Edmund Morris at the Duck Lake Agency on August 30, 1908. I paint Kah mee use kom mee we in, the Spring Man. He was in the last fight with the Blackfoot and took part in the Half-Breed rebellion. He leads the (itinerant) life of a teamster. Old Cha ki kum (Splashing Water) was upset at not being the first called on—he came all dressed up, gun in hand. Splashing Water was at one time Poundmaker’s councilor and went with Big Bear to Prince Albert to hold a council. He took part in the rebellion and fled to the States, residing there 10 years. He was the messenger that Chief Beardy sent to learn the terms of the Carlton treaty (1876). ”4 Chicicum is shown as Band Member # 36 (from Cypress) on the 1884 list. The Metis Council sent Chicicum and Norbert Delorme to the Cut Knife camp to bring reinforcements to Batoche. Chicicum was a friend of Louis Riel having met him earlier in Montana when Riel was working there as a trader. Chicicum fled to Montana after the defeat at Batoche. Kahmayistoowap Kahnahkaskowat Kalikkoowit (The Cariboo) Headman Lafond, Isabelle Mettaywaysis
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Cited in Charles Pelham Mulvaney, M.D. The History of the North-West Rebellion of 1885 . Toronto: A. H. Hovey & Co., 1885: 312-313.
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RG 10, Annuity Paylists, 1883-1887. Edmund Morris, transcription by Mary Fitz-Gibbon, The Diaries of Edmund Montague Morris, Western Journeys 1907-1910. Toronto: The Royal Ontario Museum, 1985: 76.

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Parisien, Joseph Trottier, Madeleine Trottier, Joseph Sr. Wapahoo

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

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