Chief Poundmaker’s pipe, saddle bag returned from Royal Ontario Museum to family

Chief Poundmaker's saddlebags were retuned.

By Brittany Hobson in Winnipeg TORONTO -Century old artifacts belonging to a 19th century Plains Cree chief who was known as a peacekeeper were returned to his descendants in a repatriation ceremony at the Royal Ontario Museum. The Toronto-based museum transferred a ceremonial pipe and a saddle bag that belonged to Chief Poundmaker back to members of his family on Wednesday. Pauline Poundmaker, or Brown Bear Woman, has been leading efforts to repatriate her great-great-grandfather’s belongings and sacred objects from collections held in Canada and internationally. “It’s an honor to be the generation that’s able to bring these artifacts home,’’ she said in a phone interview. Under Poundmaker Cree Nation laws, descendants are required to initiate and lead repatriation. Pauline Poundmaker travelled this week from Saskatchewan to Toronto with nine…

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