John R. McLeod's Treaty 6 Bonnet & Outfit
John Robert McLeod was from nihtâwikicikanishk (James Smith Cree First Nation) and worked for the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre from 1970 until his death in 1980. He was the son of Abel McLeod, a leader in the League of Indians, and Maggie McLeod (née Constant). The late John Robert McLeod was raised by his grandmother, kêhkêhk-iskwêw (Hawk Woman, Betsy McLeod) who grounded him in nêhiyawiwin (Creeness).
In 1975, he had the great honor of being selected by the kêhtê-ayak of Saskatchewan to be the Chairperson for the Centennial Commemorations of Treaty 6 in 1976. In preparation for these gatherings, the late John R. McLeod traveled throughout the province spending time with and visiting kêhtê ayak. John R. was adopted as a son by the late Jim Kâ-Nîpitêhtêw (pimwêwêhahk) from wîhcêkaskosîwi-sâkahikanihk (Onion Lake).
The Treaty 6 Bonnet, jacket and leggings were made for John Robert McLeod for the Commemoration of Treaty Six in 1976.
The bonnet and outfit is available for viewing at the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.
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