Goldring, P.. The Cypress Hills massacre: a century's retrospect

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Cypress Hills massacre: a century's retrospect

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Saskatchewan history -- Vol. 26, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher Saskatchewan history -- Vol. 26, no. 3 Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Archives Board. 1973. 81-102 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication P. Goldring

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Assiniboine (NF04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF External trade (439); Retail marketing (443); External relations (648); Warfare (726);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In the spring of 1873, a number of Assinboine were camped at a location called Cypress Hillls in southwestern Saskatechewan '…where two traders named Abel Farwell and Moses Solomon had erected trading posts the year before. Tension and mistrust between traders and Indians came to a head while a dozen or more frontier characters from Fort Benton happened to be camped a stone's throw from Fort Farwell. A strayed horse was mistakenly believed to have been stolen, and in the resulting confusion firing broke out which culminated in the complete destruction of the Indian camp and the deaths of twenty or more persons. American and Canadian attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice were thwarted by the climate of opinion in Montana, which was quite ready to condone the massacre whatever it origins, and by the failure of the government witnesses to tell a convincing story in the face of conflicting testimony' (p. 81). Goldring examines some of the major publications on the massacre including reconstruction of the events from various historical documents as well as surviving accounts of the massacre given by alleged participants from ten to fifty years later, and the judicial records of the legal proceedings of the American and Canadian governments which lasted virtually from the time of the massacre until three participants were tried for murder in Winnipeg in the last week of June 1876. From the analysis of these records the author attempts to present to the reader a clearer picture of what actually happened at Cypress Hills in 1873.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 13

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nf04-013

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Unknown-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2001

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1873

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Cypress Hills, southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Assiniboine Indians


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