Hugh Dempsey

I have a big place in my heart for Hugh Dempsey’s writing and have a book shelf set aside for other writers as well who so eloquently told the history of the west, the way it truly played out.  I’ve got to say that the book that most moved me to tears, and there were several, was the story of Crowfoot and if you have not read it, I highly recommend it.  One only needs to walk along the Oldman River, through the coulees of southern Alberta, to feel the power of the Great Plains Chiefs in the air.  It gives a person the chills.  Go to the base of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as well….that will cause your legs to tremble, that is, if you really listen to the wind.

Hugh Dempsey’s list is HUGE and so, I’ve published, from Wikipedia, selected titles.

Selected books

  • Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet, (The Civilization of the American Indian Series, v. 122), Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1972. ISBN 0806110252
  • Red Crow, Warrior Chief, Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1980. ISBN 0803216572
  • Indian Tribes of Alberta, Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1979. ISBN 0919224008
  • History in their Blood : The Indian Portraits of Nicholas de Grandmaison, Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 1982. ISBN 0933920326
  • (editor) The CPR West: The Iron Road and the Making of a Nation, Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1984. ISBN 0888944241
  • Big Bear : The End of Freedom’, Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 1984. ISBN 0-88894-506-X
  • Gentle Persuader : A Biography of James Gladstone, Indian Senator, Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1986. ISBN 0888332084
  • Bibliography of the Blackfoot, (with Lindsay Moir), Native American bibliography series, no. 13. Metuchin, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 0810822113
  • The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories : Three Hundred years of Blackfoot History, Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. ISBN 0806128216
  • Tom Three Persons: Legend of an Indian Cowboy, Purich Publishing Ltd, Saskatoon SK, 1997. ISBN 1-895830-08-7
  • Charcoal’s World: The True Story of a Canadian Indian’s Last Stand, Canada Fifth House Publishers, Calgary, AB, 1998. ISBN 1894004205
  • Firewater: The Impact of the Whisky Trade on the Blackfoot Nation, Calgary: Fifth House Publishers, 2002. ISBN 1894004965
  • The Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories, Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, 2003. ISBN 0806135506
  • The People of the Buffalo. The Plains Indians of North America. Essays in Honor of John C. Ewers, vol 1 & 2, co-editor with Colin F. Taylor, Tatanka Press, Wyk auf Foehr, 2003 (vol. 1), 2004 (vol, 2). ISBN 3-89510-101-X (vol.1) 3-89510-102-8 (vol.2)

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