May 21st, 2019

Wake, funeral planned for well-known Kainai Elder

By Mabell, Dave on December 4, 2018.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

Wake and funeral services will be held this weekend in honour of a nationally known Kainai Elder.

Pete Standing Alone, featured in more than a dozen films, was 90 when he died Nov. 27 in Standoff.

One of the area’s last free-range ranchers in his early days, Standing Alone raised horses as well as a large cattle herd, and trained horses to be bucking stock in rodeos.

His years as a rancher were depicted in a series of films, including a series produced by the National Film Board of Canada: “Circle of the Sun,” “A Pinto for the Prince,” and “Standing Alone.” They showed him initially as a young man concerned about how rapidly change was making an impact on Blackfoot people, and later as he shared his insights as a respected Elder and band council member.

Over many years, Standing Alone worked variously in U.S. oilfields and as an adviser to other ranchers. He later played an important role as an Elder and adviser in Blackfoot sacred circles.

In Lethbridge, he served as an adviser to the Galt Museum and spoke often at the University of Lethbridge. He became a respected resource person for cultural, historical, linguistic and ceremonial studies, serving also as a cultural adviser to Red Crow College.

In 2012, the university presented him an honourary degree, Doctor of Laws, for his contributions to indigenous education.

Standing Alone was also active in the Horn Society, as well as the Long-Time Medicine Pipe Society through his life.

Wake services will be held Friday, 7 to 11 p.m. in the Kainai High School gymnasium. The funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the One Spot Cemetery in Old Agency.

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