"Francois Lucie," Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry - ROM2009_11209_24


"Francois Lucie," Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: Fort Edmonton region, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta, Canada
Date: 1849-1856
76.3 x 63.6 cm
Object number: 912.1.40
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"A few days afterwards, when we had recovered from the effects of our Christmas festivities, I went out with François Lucie, the half-breed voyageur. . . ." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:378) "We fell in with a small band of buffaloes, and François initiated me into the mysteries of “making a calf.” " This ruse is generally performed by two men, one covering himself with wolf skin, the other with buffalo skin. They then crawl on all fours within sight of the buffaloes, and as soon as they have engaged their attention, the pretended wolf jumps on the pretended calf, which bellows in imitation of a real one. The buffaloes seem to be easily deceived in this way. As the bellowing is generally perfect, the herd rush on to the protection of their supposed young with such impetuosity that they do not perceive the cheat until they are quite close enough to be shot; indeed, François’ bellowing was so perfect, that we were nearly run down. As soon, however, as we jumped up, they turned and fled, leaving two of their number behind, who paid the penalty of their want of discernment with their lives." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:380–381)
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