Blackfoot Crossing

cover image of the book "Blackfoot Crossing" by Norma Sluman

The Ryerson Fiction Award runner-up for 1959-60.

Blackfoot Crossing is several stories in one. It is a love story wherein two young people seek and find fulfillment in one another. And, a dispassionate look at a period long obscured by hokum and flag-waving, regarding the winning of the Canadian west – events which took place prior to, during and immediately following the occupation of what is now southern Alberta by the North West Mounted Police (NWMP).

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This is also a story of a people, who in 1874, had to face the very thing we ourselves may face tomorrow; of being confronted by aliens far more powerful and advanced than themselves. People, whose deep-rooted and cherished beliefs are suddenly meaningless: people, whose life-long conditioning to their environment becomes irrelevant, and whose very existence is irrevocably altered. So too, it is the story of Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a man who faced all this and tried to find an answer.

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