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John Laurie, Honorary Stoney Chief, 1948
NA-1241-352

John Lee Laurie fonds

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Series 1 Textual records. - 1901-1963
M-656-1General correspondence. - 1940-1944. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-2General correspondence. - 1945. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-3General correspondence. - 1946-1953. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-4General correspondence. - 1954-1956. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-5General correspondence. - 1957. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-6General correspondence. - 1958-1959, 1961. - Related to Indian Association of Alberta affairs, primarily concerning improvement of conditions for First Nations.
M-656-7Game conference correspondence. - 1950-1954. - Related to the management of wild game, including hunting and fishing rights for First Nations.
M-656-8Gladstone gift file. - 1958. - Contains correspondence, list of contributors and amount of contributions.
M-656-9Glenbow Foundation correspondence. - 1956-1959. - Contains information on linguistic research and expense statements.
M-656-10-11Indian Association of Alberta. - 1944-1959. - Reports, minutes, resolutions and petitions.
M-656-12Indian Association of Alberta. - 1952-1957. - Membership lists and sample membership card.
M-656-13Rough notes and drafts of speeches, resolutions, and scrip notes. - 1954-1957.
M-656-14Hobbema Case literature. - 1956-1957. - Written by Ruth Gorman.
M-656-15Reports. - 1951-1958. - Related to Indian affairs and the Anglican church; includes minutes from Friends of the Indians Society.
M-656-16Personal papers of John Laurie and legal papers of Indian Affairs. - 1901, 1910, 1928, 1940-1959, 1963.
M-656-17Indian Association of Alberta receipts. - 1947-1948, 1953- 1954.
M-656-18Stories by John Laurie published in Canadian Cattleman. - 1950-1958. - Consists of:
We Need Bread (April 1950)
All's Fair (May 1950)
The Indians Organize (June 1950)
General Meeting 1950 (July 1950)
Home on the Kootenay Plains (August 1950)
The Hunter (September 1950)
Three Tales from the Campfire (October 1950)
In Honor Bound (November 1950)
A Story of Kootenay Daring Related (December 1950)
Death is a Woman (January 1951)
The Magic Head (February 1951)
I Have Eaten My Brothers Salt (March 1951)
Tepees (April 1951)
Ottawa Conference (May 1951)
A Man's Medicine (June 1951)
Napi and Buffalo-Taker (July 1951)
General Meeting 1951 (August 1951)
Winter Tales by the Campfire (September 1951)
Ponokomita (October 1951)
Kut-O'-Yis (November 1951)
The Royal Visit, 1951 (December 1951)
Keep the Lamps Burning (January 1952)
More Adventures of Kutoyis (February 1952)
The End of Kutoyis, The Blood Clot Boy (March 1952)
"Social Welfare and the Treaty Indian" (April 1952)
"Scarface" (May 1952)
Mekaisto, Red Crow (June 1952)
General Meeting 1952 (July 1952)
Good and Faithful Servant (August 1952)
Broken Vow (September 1952)
More Things Than Dreamt Of (October 1952)
First Raid (November 1952)
Stop and Think! (December 1952)
O'-da-wa-ta-be Umbah, Christmas (January 1953)
Tribute to a Chief (February 1953)
Allotments, Not for Us (March 1953)
"The Five Friends" (April 1953)
Indian Association to Hold Tenth Annual Meeting (June 1953)
"One Came Back" (July 1953)
General Meeting 1953 (August 1953)
True Indian Tales (September 1953)
Lost Million (October 1953)
"The Gentle People" (November 1953)
The New Year's Feast (January 1954)
Eeyajaymuney, Lone Traveller (May 1954)
Our Eleventh Annual Convention (July 1954)
Wahi-am-ba Wah-gee-chee-be, Sundance (August 1954)
Rainy Afternoon (October 1954)
To Men of Good Will (December 1954)
Moons or Months? (January 1955)
Echoes of "Eighty-five" (February 1955)
Bibeault and the Bonfire (March 1955)
Dead Man's Slough (April 1955)
Vow of Vengeance (July 1955)
What can an Indian do with Indians? (September 1955)
Wolf-Peeping-Over-The-Hill (October 1955)
Ta-Tunga Mani, Chief Walking Buffalo (November 1955)
And the Wise Men Brought Gifts (December 1955)
Cheepoostequahn, Sharphead Chief (February 1956)
The Cree Who Became a Stoney (May 1956)
Napi Gives a Feast (January 1958)
File includes Chief Walking Buffalo by Philip Godsel (1950) and a 1957 publication from The Alberta Council on Child and Family Welfare.
M-656-19History written by John Laurie, "The Indian Association of Alberta", Part I, pages 1-30.
M-656-20History written by John Laurie, "The Indian Association of Alberta", Part II, pages 31-60.
M-656-21History written by John Laurie, "The Indian Association of Alberta", Part III, pages 61-94.
M-656-22Stories by John Laurie and letters. - Consists of:
116 Years Ago This Summer
Family Lines Among the Stonies
Copies of 1888 letters regarding stolen Indian horses and colts
The Beaver Bundle Songs of the Sarcee
The Hungry Years
Truce Between Kootenays and Stoneys
Art of Stonies
Article on Proposed Changes in the Indian Act
Death of a Nation, The Indian People
New Year's Feast
Bighorn Reserve
Indian Association of Alberta Tenth Anniversary.
M-656-23Stories by John Laurie and others. - Consists of:
Indian Rights
The Stoney Indians Say "No"
Indian Association of Alberta
"The Gentle People"
Evolution of Indians
Integration by Liquor?
Indian Act Alterations
Chieftainship
Sioux Nation
Ernest Thompson Seton (An Indian Bible)
Tepees
Indian Feast
Beginnings at White Fish Lake by Rev. H.B. Steinhauer (1857)
"Wipe out the Stain" (1922)
Rights for Indians [missing, 1998]
Social Revolutions; Indian Affairs Branch, Welfare Division
Indian Education Division
Oath of a Knight of Columbus.
M-656-24Fictional stories by John Laurie.- Consists of:
Making and Selling Fire is a Unique Profession
Incident at Good Fish Lake
I Have Eaten My Brother's Salt
Natosi
Shunga
The Fixed Star
Yellow Feather and the Chief's Daughter
Boys First Raid
Grandmother's Ghost
Napi and Buffalo-Taker
A Sioux Vision of the Christ.
M-656-25Biographies. Some versions were published in Canadian Cattleman; refer M-656-18. See M 4390 for other biographies. - Consists of:
The Sarcee
Ta-Tunga Mani, Chief Walking Buffalo
Walking Buffalo
Walking-on-Top
The Case of Maggie (Crowchief) Nadeau
The Case of Mrs. Pat Grasshopper
Lone Traveller
Mekaisto
Steinhauer
Frank Morigeau's Story
Wolf-Peeping-Over-the-Hill
Further Comments on St. Joe
Dave Crowchild
Chief Bearspaw
The Case of Emma Jones
John Chiniki
Red Crow's Empire Showed Shrewdness
Preface and Introduction of Techumseh
The Stoney People
Biography of John Laurie.
M-656-26Speeches. - 1944-1956. - Consists of:
Appendix A, Relative to Indian Education in early 1940s
Appendix B, Relative to Health of Indians
Goodfish Lake Reserve Celebrates its Hundredth Anniversary
Indian Association of Alberta
Committee of Friends of the Indians Society
Calgary Stampede Parade (1953)
Goodfish Lake Pageant (July 24, 1955)
Address to Knights of the Round Table, Calgary (February 21, 1956)
Panel Discussion "Is the Reservation Best for the Indian?" (1956)
Scrip, A Land Grab; Opening of the Stoney Reserve Community Hall
Future of Canada's Indians, notes from a talk given by J.W. Pickersgill (March 28, 1956)
Address with regard to the Indians of Alberta (February 1956)
Rotary and Lions Club, Red Deer (February 27, 1956)
Ruth Gorman Presentation
To the Young People of Goodfish Lake
Ottawa Conference (1953)
Funeral of William Twin (1944)
Address to Alberta Fish and Game Association (1955)
Letter to John Bracken (July 9, 1944).
M-656-27-29Stoney studies. - [ca. 1957-1959]. - Consists of John Laurie's drafts and rough notes. - Not microfilmed.
M-656-30Stoney studies and notes on Indian Association of Alberta history. - [ca. 1957-1959]. - Consists of John Laurie's drafts and rough notes. - Not microfilmed.
M-656-31-32John Laurie's work notes of the Stoney language. [ca. 1957-1959]. For completed manuscript, see M 4390. - Not microfilmed.
M-656-33John Laurie's rough notes of Stoney vocabulary. - [ca. 1957-1959]. For completed manuscript, see M 4390. - Not microfilmed.
M-656-34John Laurie's rough notes of Stoney Studies for the Glenbow Foundation. - [ca. 1957-1959]. - Not microfilmed.
M-656-35Newsclippings. - 1954-1959. - Consists of newsclippings about the Hobbema Case.
M-656-36Newsclippings about Six Nations. - 1957-1959.
M-656-37General newsclippings of Indian activities. - 1948-1959.
M-656-38House of Commons Debates and Reports of Special Committees. - 1935-1956. Relating to Indian Act and First Nations. - Consists of:
  • Constitution and Bylaws of Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Montana (1935)
  • Special Committee on Reconstruction and Re-establishment (May 18, 1944)
  • Special Committee on Reconstruction and Re-establishment (May 24, 1944)
  • House of Commons Debates (August 14, 1944)
  • House of Commons Debates (October 24, 1945)
  • House of Commons Debates (September 25, 1945)
  • House of Commons Debates (May 13, 1946)
  • Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons about Re-examination of the Indian Act (April 21-May 9, 1947)
  • Regulations Respecting Petroleum and Natural Gas on Indian Reserves and Indian Lands (October 27, 1948)
    Senate Proceedings of the Special Committee on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (June 6, 1950)
  • House of Commons Debates (June 21, 1950)
  • Official Report of Debates, Senate (February 6, 1951)
  • House of Commons Debates (February 27, 1951)
  • House of Commons Debates (April 2, 1951)
  • Old Age Assistance Act, Chapter 55, Statutes of Canada (1951)
  • Explanatory Notes and Cross References to the Indian Act, To Amend, Consolidate and Clarify the Indian Act; House of Commons Debates (May 8, 1953)
  • 1-2 Elizabeth II, Chapter 41, An Act to Amend the Indian Act (May 14, 1953)
  • Fisheries Act, Saskatchewan Fisheries Regulations, Extract from Canada Gazette, Part II (July 28, 1954)
  • The Indian Act [missing, 1998]
  • 4-5 Elizabeth II Chapter 40, An Act to Amend to Indian Act (August 14, 1956)
M-656-39Trinity College, War Memorial Volume. - 1922. - Consists of John Laurie's college yearbook. - [Not microfilmed.]
M-656-40Diaries and telephone list. - 1951-1959. - Consists of: diary and memo-book [ca. 1951-1955]; diary (1958-1959); and telephone list.
M-4389 John Laurie's work notes of the Stoney language. - [ca. 1957-1959]. - Consists of lists and notes regarding the Stoney language: sample vocabulary; terms of relationship; a list of words translated into Stoney; and Laurie's first report on the language. For completed manuscript, see M 4390. - Not microfilmed.
M-4390-Vol. 1 The Stony [Stoney] Indians of Alberta / by John Laurie. - Calgary : Glenbow Foundation, 1957-1959. Volume I. - Consists of stories and legends relating to the Stoney Indians. Many of the stories were published in Canadian Cattlemen. Stories relate to: history of the Stonies in Alberta; the Stonies of long ago, family lines; the supernatural in Stoney life; and Ink'tomi, Culture Hero and Trickster.
  • Includes biographies of:
    John Chiniki, Peter Wesley, William and Joshua Twin (Hunter), Mark Poucette, John Steven, George McLean (Walking Buffalo), Dan Wildman, Sr., Dan Wildman, Jr., Ben Kaquitts, Hector Crawler, Enos Hunter, John Ear, Jonas Twoyoungmen, John Hunter, Silas Abraham, and Bearspaw.
  • Includes stories and tales about the supernatural:
    Little People of the Foothills; Tumba-en-youp-tun-hun-tun; The Red Owl; The Wolverine; Monsters Big and Small; Lizards, The Horned Headdress; The Water Horses of Kananaskis Lakes; Medicine Woman, Miracle of the Fire; More Things than Dreamt of; Vocabulary List; Ink'tomi Gets Severely Burned; The Jealous Rock and Ink'tomi.
  • Also includes Stoney Stories and Legends:
    Vow of Vengeance; To Men of Good Will; Getting into One's Hair, Belle of the Ball; Christmas, New Year's Feast; The Hunter; The Case of Emma Jones; Reported Horse Stealing in 1888; Further comments on St. Joe; Hunting Truce between Stonies, Kootenays and Shuswaps; The Five Friends; Death is a Woman; Elk Shield and the Witch Woman, Wolf-Peeping-Over-the-Hill; and Lone Traveller.
M-4390-Vol. 2 The Stony [Stoney] Indians of Alberta / by John Laurie. - Calgary : Glenbow Foundation, 1957-1959. Volume II. - Consists of stories and legends relating to the Stoney Indians. Many of the stories were published in Canadian Cattlemen. Stories relate to: material culture; rites, ceremonies, and early religious beliefs; art; and family and social relationships.
M-4390-Vol. 3 A Grammar of the Stony [Stoney] Language / by John Laurie, assisted by Ed. Hunter. - Calgary : Glenbow Foundation, 1959. View now.
M-4390-Vol. 4 Dictionary of the Stony [Stoney] Language / by John Laurie, assisted by Ed. Hunter. - Calgary : Glenbow Foundation, 1959. View now.
Series 2

Photographs and slides. - [ca. 1890s-1960]

Many of the photographs have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.

PA-65 Portraits of Dr. Laurie. - 2 photographs
PA-206 Buffalo round-up, Montana to Alberta. - 12 photographs
PA-1494 Portraits of Dr. Laurie and plaque on Mount Laurie. - 1957 and 1960. - 5 photographs
PA-2268 Views of Laurie's personal career; Stoney and other First Nations personalities and events; Indian Association of Alberta; sun dance; Banff Indian Days, etc. - [ca. 1941-1959]. - 181 photographs
PD-176 Album of views of Indian Association of Alberta meetings and Indian personalities. - 1950s. - 44 photographs. - Note: This album has been missing since 1997.
NA-179-(1-2) Indian Association of Alberta executives. - 1946 and 1950. - 2 photographs
NA-2554-(1-2) John Laurie in his honorary doctorate robes, and wearing Stoney clothing including a feather headdress. - 1957. - 2 photographs
NA-4212-(1-140) Views of First Nations, primarily Stoney, Indian Association of Alberta, restoration of the McDougall Church, Banff Indian Days, John Laurie, etc. - [ca. 1890s]-1958 and n.d. - 140 photographs
NB-36-(1-3) George McLean (Walking Buffalo); Hector Crawler; and a Stoney sun dance camp. - [ca. 1950s]. - 3 photographs
S-72 Views of mountain scenery, beaded jackets, etc. - [ca. 1950s]. - 18 slides
Series 3 First Nations sound recordings. - 1956-1959. - All recordings are restricted and may be listened to only with permission from Glenbow's Ethnology staff.
RBT-1 Stoney songs. - 1956. - 2 audio reels. -- Consists of an introduction by Ed Hunter. Program includes Owl Dance, War Dance, Sun Dance, Deer Dance, Round Dance, Tea Dance, Rainbow Dance, War song, and Love Song. The singers are Nat Hunter, Bill McLean, Mathew Hunter, and Albert Bearspaw. The speakers are Councillor Judas Hunter and Mr. John Hunter.
RBT-5 Tsuu T'ina [formerly called Sarceee] Beaver Bundle and Peace Pipe Bundle songs. - 1958. - 1 audio reel. - Sung by David One Spot. Interpreter, David Crowchild.
RBT-6 Blackfoot Big Smoke ceremoney recorded at Ben Calf Robe's house by CFCN. - April 14, 1959. - 5 audio reels.
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