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Tom Three Persons

Hugh A. Dempsey

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ISBN : 9781895830088
Hardcover
159 pages
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According to Tom Three Persons, in 1907 a mysterious cowboy dressed all in black visited him and promised him prosperity and success. The Black One, or Billy as he identified himself, is part of the legend of Tom Three Persons.Three Persons became aMoreAccording to Tom Three Persons, in 1907 a mysterious cowboy dressed all in black visited him and promised him prosperity and success. The Black One, or Billy as he identified himself, is part of the legend of Tom Three Persons.Three Persons became a successful rancher at a time when Canadians did not expect Indians to succeed. His even greater claim to fame was in the rodeo arena—at the first Calgary Stampede in 1912 he won a world championship in bronc riding, and was the only Canadian to achieve a championship in any major event at the stampede. He became a hero, took up calf roping, and inspired generations of Blood Indians to success in the rodeo arena. But there was a dark side—Tom Three Persons carried out vendettas against neighbours, drank too much, abused his wives, and was said to have had no natural children who reached adulthood.While this book tells the story of Tom Three Persons, it is also the story of southern Alberta in the first half of the twentieth century. It recounts the challenge facing the Blood Indians as they made the transition from a hunting to a ranching society, how the Department of Indian Affairs ran daily life on the reserve, the early days of the Calgary Stampede, and the growth of rodeo as a major sport.