Chief Okanase

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About Chief Okanase

OKANASE (OTHERWISE MICHAEL CARDINAL)

Chief of the Riding Mountain Indian Band

Chief Okanase, whose name means “little bone,” was of the historic fur-trading Cardinals who over several generations worked their way westward from Quebec to the Rockies, usually marrying native or mixed-blood women. As was customary among prominent native men, he had more than one wife. Sons of his Stoney wife included Louis O’Soup*, St Paul (perhaps Jean-Baptiste Lolo*, also known as St Paul), and Mekis (Eagle); to his Métis wife were born George, John, William, and Antoine Bone. Keeseekoowenin’s full brothers were Yellowhead (Wabaso, Blonde) and Baptiste Bone (Baptiste Okanase). At least five of Chief Okanase’s sons played significant roles as chiefs on the prairies, and the dynasty of leaders has continued to the present [Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Keeseekoowenin] http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/keeseekoowenin_13E.html

Marriage and Children

Chief Okanase (Otherwise Michael Cardinal) is the husband of Sarah (Otherwise Sally) and the father of Keeseekoowenin (Otherwise Moses Burns), Chief of the Riding Mountain Indian Band, who was born in 1819 and died in 1906 [SCRIBD: Keeseekoowenin by Lawrence J. Barkwell] http://www.scribd.com/doc/51224832/Keeseekoowenin

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Chief Okanase's Timeline

1790
1790
1798
1798
Age 8
1818
1818
Age 28
Bow River Region, Manitoba, Canada
1824
1824
Age 34
1832
1832
Age 42
Red Pheasant Indian Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada
1839
1839
Age 49
1870
1870
Age 80
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