United States Indian Service/ Blackfeet Agency/ Piegon, Montana/ Oct. 8, 1888
This "Smooka", was once the property of "Crow Foot", the Great Chief of the Blackfeet, once the most powerful and warlike of the Indian Tribes. A few years ago, they could muster ten thousand warriors. The greater part of them, live in British America. Crow Foot used the knife as one instrument of warfare, and in a personal combat with two "Cree" a few years ago. He killed them both and took their scalps, which circumstance he noted by driving two brass tacks in the handle of the knife. A few months ago "Crow Foot" visited this Agency, (for our people are under his rule) and brought this knife with him and gave it to one of the Indians, here, and thos[sic] Indian gave it to the Esonuckey. So you may be sure its history is correct. Crow Foot is grow old and I trust that he will soon wrap his blanket around him and lie down to pleasant dreams. So note(?) it be.
Provenance:From the Collection of Marvin L. Lince, Oregon
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