"This is a short yet interesting volume of stories gathered band told by a Canadian Cree Indian. The first part recounts the history of the Plains Cree as given by Chief Thunderchild. The second portrays Ahenakew as Old Keyam, one of the wisemen of the tribe who has been caught up in the collision between Native and White ways" (p. 42). "Edward Ahenakew was a well known Anglican Cree priest-Canon. He was born in 1885, the year of the North West Rebellion. His early home was Sandy Lake in central western Saskatchewan. .... Following ordination, as priest he moved to the mission at Onion Lake, Saskatchewan. He devoted his life as a missionary on the Reserves in the Diocese of Saskatchewan and he often clashed with the aristocratic Bishop George Exton Lloyd, who seemed to have little understanding of Indian work" (p. 42). "In 1923 Ahenakew was seriously ill and during his period of convalescence he collected Cree legend and stories from Chief Thunderchild. Thunderchild had been born in 1849 and lived along the North Saskatchewan River during the last days of Plains Cree freedom. ... He died four years after recounting his tales. Ahenakew over the years compiled his material, but he died in 1961 before the book was completed. The work was carried to completion by Ruth Matheson Buck, who herself was born on the Onion Lake Indian Reserve in 1905. He parents were missionaries and she was a long time friend of the Ahenakews. She has carried out a valuable work in bringing Ahenakew's notes to the printing. In addition she has provided a good map, a helpful bibliography and the interesting text of Treaty Number Six. Her best contribution is her detailed notes of explanation to accompany the text" (p. 43). "'Old Keyam' means indifference, resignation, a shrugging of the shoulder to the inevitable. These stories show Canon Ahenakew's inner conflict. We see a White-trained Cree having to evaluate the dignity of his native traditions in the face of the overwhelming pressures of Western Christian civilization. Ahenakew could see values in both. He could see the inevitable result -- the almost total dominance of the White culture. His own reaction was to carry on his duties, but as a Native Cree he found he could only shrug his shoulder to the inevitable. It really is not indifference that we find in Old Keyam but a sense of despair at the loss of so much that was of value" (p. 43). "Perhaps the most moving chapter of Old Keyam deals with the background to the outbreak of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. .... The Indian version of the massacre at Frog Lake is valuable meditation material for those of us who are only familiar with the White versions of the events" (p. 44). "'Voices of the Cree' is thought provoking. It supplies some valuable input on behalf of the Cree Indians and their interpretation of events on the prairie and parkland of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is a book to be savoured -- to be read slowly and with ample time for reflection" (p. 44).
Photo consists of Bishop Hives with the Rev. Ahab Spence, Canon Sanderson, Canon Edward Ahenakew, and the graduating catechists posing on the steps of the residence building. One catechist identified as Jimmy Mezzetay, standing directly behind Canon Sanderson.
Photo consists of Bishop Hives posing with Canon Sanderson, Rev. Ahab Spence, and Canon Edward Ahenakew and the students posing in front of a building. One catechist identified as Jimmy Mezzetay, standing on the far left.
Photo consists of Bishop Hives, Canon Sanderson, Canon Ahenakew, and other clergymen leaving the church after the ordination service for the Rev. Daley. The Rev. J. M. Bonnard stands at the bottom of the church steps.