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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 1HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 1, 1971 are in wilderness camp An Indian from the lilooil reserve in southern Hill Hunt, a former ranch-hand turned photo-journalist spent a week for The Herald in the wilderness camp of Chief Hubert Small lioy near Ihe Kncky Mountains 200 miles southwest of Ed- monton. Mr. Hunt, married and Ihe father of four, has hecn associated tiie I'liiversity of I.ethbriilgo "ducatioiial media centre for two years. There he has been ,irt of news photography. Tin; purpose of his wilderness trip was to depict Ihe way Chief Small Hoy's Indian band lives, from Ihe point of view of another Indian. This is the first of four articles on the band, most of which comes from the Ilobberna Indian Blithe is) (.1 I dmonton BILL IItT.Yr With lU'IJV H.VL'fiENEDEH Staff Writer .MUSKIKI LAKE Laugh- ing youngsters cliase one an- cther in their bare feet play- ing children's gr.mes. Women busily conduct Iheiv morning chores, sweeping out v.hitc, ijiipcccably clean tents and washing limntlry on old- fashicned washboards set in large basins. men clean rifles, dis- cuss hunting or tinker with some of the group's half-ion trucks. "It's a brisk fall day. and I've just put on a sweater to keep warm v.hili? womlcrins how the devil those kills C'.in run Ercmrul so happily in ilicir bare feet. This is the new famous breakaway mountain camp of Chief Robert Small Hoy and his followers, most of them from the Hobbsana reserve south of Edmonton. Yesterday my wife, myself tnd one of our four chi.'drcn drove over the Irc.iehurous roads to Muskiki Lake, about 80 miles north of and 200 miles southwest of Ed- monton. More than 208 people live here. All but one hkndc wo- man, the wife of one of the Ijand members, are of Indian decent. Chief Small Boy, Ihe white- haired but age wisened In- dian leader formerly of the Cree Ermineskin band (part of the Hobbema reserve) led a group of followers away to live in the mountains in July of 10611. "The reason we have come to live in the mountains is to try to follow the way of life for which man was put on this said Chief Small Boy through an English in- terpreter. Chief Small Boy, w-ho speaks perfect English, spoke to me only in the Cree language, to signify his status as chief. Although Cree is spoken al- most exclusively within the band and is used to teach the children, English is spoken by band members whenever strangers visit. Band etiquette requires the people to show politeness to visitors and to speak a lan- guage everyone can under- stand. My sudden arrival at the campsite disclosed the nature of lira However, some rpprehen- sion was shown when my mo- tives were revealed. I was told no interviews would be permitted until Chief Small Boy had granted permission and unfortunately the chief was out on the business of the day of my arrival. I later discovered the rea- sons for their apprehens i o n. Evidently other members of the news media had, in the presented badly-distort- ed pictures of camp life- The following day Chief Small Boy returned and granted me pcrmis s i o n to take pictures and conduct in- terviews. The rules were simple: "Every man, no matter what his ancestry or place of origin, has the right to satis- faction in his own way, to take a living from this land the best way he knows said Chief Small Boy. "We ask to be accorded tliis same respect for our beliefs, our culture and our religion." The chief's word is law- true to the governmental svs- tem of Chief Small Boy is regarded very highly by his followers. Since the original group left the Hobbema reserve a num- ber of others have left to join the group. Too, some have left Chief Small Boy and not all did so by choice. Some were asked to leave because they did not adhere to the rigidly-enforced band bylaws. Others left to return to Hobbema to enjoy the modern conveniences of life such as televisions, cent r a 1 heating and automobiles. Among the most strongly- enforced camp laws is one which prohibits the consump- tion of alcoholic beverages. Absolutely no exceptions to the rule are permitted Once banned from the CEinp, the only way an in- dividual can return is by showing responsibility and a sincere desire to obey the regulations. The success of the band's laws is shown hi the fact that many of the younger children have never seen a drunk. The canp's own stringent laws were carefully developed by the ciders. Although the camp made its own laws the chief's deci- sion on any matter is consid- ered final as long as it is wi'lhin the laws. Among the band's regula- tions are rules outlawing stealing and swearing. Another law which discloses the exact human bond join- ing all the band members is one which requires individuals leaving Ilia camp to say where they are going ar.d how long they expect to be gone, bylaw serves as a safety valve for hunters who soarch the forests for game. Although the rules are strin- gent, the first couple of years in the wilderness were cvi- Icntly "pretty tough at hand members say. Game, one of the dietary mainstays, was nftcn scarce. However, no oae ever went hungry: by adopting the "eld Indian ways" the people liv- ing in the camp share dmost everything with each other. If a particular family is short of some commodity the others pool their resources to make certain every family has the basic needs of life. While hunting still accounts for a major proportion of the band's meat supply, other fcKXistuffs are purchased from BILL HUNT in white communities. The Indian band members receive a small amount of money from the federal de- partment of Indian affairs, and they also earn extra money through a cultural deuce and song group they have formed which performs in various communities. Happiness and contentment were what the Small Boy of Indians was looking for, and judging from what I've seen they have found both. As one veteran band mem- ber put it: "I believe if we had a world like this outside it would be a better world to live in." MOKE TOMonnow Chief Robert Small Boy respected and honored by his people. WEST COAST SEAFOODS Truckload Sale of FRESH FISH AND SEAFOODS WILL BE HELD AT FORT WHOOP-UP SERVICE Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3 From 11 a.m. to I p.m. Current Price lilt and Schedule Now Available! Northern Jackfilh, Pike and Pickerel in "lock Out of Respect To The Late WILLIAM SKELTGN, SR. SKEITQN'S PRESCRIPTION PHARMACY LTD. 424 Moyor Magrath Drive WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, December 2nd from 12 o'clock noon DEPT. STORES SANTA WILL BE IN OUR STORE Fri.r Dec. 3rd to p.m. Sat., Dec. 4th a.m. to p.m. FREE CANDY CANES FOR THE KIDDIES "I WEATHER TOO WARM INVENTORIES MUST BE REDUCED PRICES SLASHED TO SELL Look at this Price Cut Just in time for Christmas MEN'S SUITS Latest popular styles and colors Save 26.12. Reg. to 65.00 38 Compliment that Christmas Suit With This Price Cut Value! MEN'S DRESS Canadian made arge color selection Reg. 4.95 Price Cut FOR THE WORKING MAN Nylon Pile lined Regular 7.95 Price Cut Assotmnnf of stripes Goornotic pa Morns BOY'S NYLON PARKA itachab 8 Pile and quilted lined detachable hood Storm Cuff Reg. 13.88 Price Cut FOR GIFT GIVING ON THAT SPECIAL DAY! MENS SLIPPERS Soft vinyl Terry Lined oil sizei Price FOR THE MEN ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST MEN'S PULLOVER SWEATERS latest popular styles. Some belted, crew neck, turtle, and V-necks. Reg. 7.95 Price Cut S MEN'S DRILL Shoen (mMi, dp- Incriobli? li o o (i, shirred waist, quilt linnd. 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