pīhtokahānapiwiyin (Poundmaker) National Historic Person (ca. 1842–1886)

Sepia image of a person sitting
pīhtokahānapiwiyin (Poundmaker), 1885
© O.B. Buell / Library and Archives Canada / C-001875

Poundmaker was designated a national historic person in 1967.

Historical importance: Outstanding Cree chief and spokesman

Commemorative plaque: Cut Knife, Poundmaker Cree Nation, SaskatchewanFootnote 1


Outstanding Cree chief and spokesman, he sought better treaty terms for the bands of this area. During the 1885 Rebellion he repulsed Lt-Col. Otter's attack on his reserve at Cut Knife but exercised restraint upon his followers. Imprisoned as a rebel, he died in Alberta after his early release.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
English plaque inscription

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