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Shot-On-Both-Sides -
Head Chief of the Bloods

Kainai Chieftainship
by The Ven. Archdeacon S. H. Middleton, E.D. B.Sc., D.D.

Ancient And Modern

Shot-on-Both-Sides, Head Chief of the Blood tribe and Honorary President of the Kainai Chieftainship, was born in the spring of 1873, four years before the signing of Treaty Number Seven in 1877, and is a worthy descendent from a line of famous warriors. A son of Crop Eared-Wolf, and grandson of the noted brave and leader, Red Crow, the robe of head chief fell about his shoulders at the death of his father in 1913. A member of the powerful Horn Society, he presides with grace and innate dignity at all tribal council meetings and has a background of true Indianism which few possess today. A firm believer in progressive education, he watches keenly every endeavour of the youth movement, yet retains the tribal characteristics of his race by maintaining compromise with dignity and complacency with strength.

The repository of the mythology and folklore of his people, he has passed through the Horn Society no less than eight times; through the Black Seizers twice, and has passed progressively through the soldier societies, the Doves, the Braves, the Crazy Dogs, the Crow Carriers and the Mosquitoes. Amongst the sacred objects entrusted to him are the sacred bundles of the Buffalo Stone Necklace; the wristlets of the Black Seizers; the Horn headdress; the Weasel-tail robe; the Buffalo-head tepee; the Long-Time -Medicine-Pipe; the Sun-Lodge Hide, and various other articles, including an ancient sword and medicine drum. To the Bloods stocks and bonds mean nothing, yet the ownership of these sacred articles denotes great wealth and much prestige.

From the white man's standpoint Shot-on-Both-Sides is not educated, never having attended school or been taught by white teachers. Yet, withal, his penetrating mind and direct application to personal and tribal problems gives evidence of a dual personality which is both ancient in tradition and modern in application. Now, during the eventide of his life, he has exchanged the bow for the ploughshare, and turned from the buffalo of his fathers to the white man's "spotted buffalo" and flock. In short, he is a successful farmer, a wise and cautious administrator; a lover of his people, and an ardent admirer and friend of his white colleagues.

Chief Shot-on-Both-Sides, Head Chief of the Bloods, and worthy successor to Red Crow, has led, and is still leading, his progressive tribesmen to ideals of greater citizenship yet to be realized.

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