Chief Poundmaker – 1826-1886
A tall, commanding presence he had
His long black braids so regally clad
Violence of the day was not his way
He knew negotiation would pay.
Poundmaker was a strong wise chief
Adversity accepted, solutions created
A full measure of respect now stated.
He and Big Bear treated prisoners well
-Later Chiefs, old and sick living in
Violence not wanted, say history
Too sick; they were let go to die
They are remembered with admiration,
Heard and understood by a proud Nation.
Their spirits are now resting in peace
Bishop Tache prayed for Chiefs
Written by Carol H Vulliamy- 2010
Source: Manitoba Historical Society