Collection: Big Bear (Mistahi Maskwa) Collection
Mistahi Maskwa ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃᒪᐢᑿ
Nehiyaw Okimaw / Treaty 6 Cree Leader
This piece is in honour of Big Bear’s strength and resistance to colonialism and assimilation.
Despite the colonial settler government’s attempt to criminalize him, Mistahimaskwa fought hard to bring justice to his people; he is recognized as a powerful and influential leader of the Great Plains.
In his power bundle, Mistahimaskwa has a bear's paw, which he wore around his neck during times of danger to provide him with courage and strength.
He passed on to the Spirit World in 1888 but his legacy and resistance lives on through his descendants and the 8th generation.
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