What is the Manito Stone and what ever happened to it? Has it been returned to those who held it sacred?
Some time during the year 1869 Methodist missionary George McDougall removed a 386 pound Manito Stone (meteorite) from Iron Creek, Alberta and took it to the mission near Fort
Edmonton. The Cree and Blackfoot (Siksika) people consider the Manito stone a sacred object; they called
it "Old Man Buffalo"
. Their shamans believed that its removal would cause the
disappearance of the buffalo. They also believed that McDougall would be punished.
One year later, three of McDougall's children died of smallpox.
It's time for it to be returned to it's original place on Iron Creek.
For more info start reading at "Manito Stone from Heaven":
**"A three hundred and eighty six pound Manito Stone (meteorite) is removed from Iron Creek, Alberta near Hardisty, Alberta and taken to the Methodist Mission of Reverend George McDougall at his Victoria Metis Settlement 90 km North West of Fort Edmonton. Reverend George McDougall is aware the Indians consider the stone a sacred object but he considers it an Indian idol. The Natives claimed its removal signified the disappearance of the buffalo. One year after the removal of the sacred stone three of McDougall's children succumbed to smallpox; daughters Flora, Georgiana and an adopted daughter Anna. The Indians said it was because he removed their sacred stone. The stone composition was 91.2% iron, .83% nickel and .49% cobalt." ~~From Alberta History, 1868-1869
"Iron Creek flows into Battle River seven kilometres northeast of Hardisty and is
named for a meteorite which was once located on a nearby hill. Indian names for
the creek are not listed in the data base, however, Captain William Butler in
1874 noted the meteor had great significance for Natives in the region before
being removed and sent, first to Victoria Settlement, and then to a museum in
MacGregor writes that despite rumblings of a Metis uprising in 1869, "perhaps of more immediate concern to the
Battle River Indians was the sacrilege practised on their Manito stone, the one
which ignorant white men were to call the Iron Creek Meteorite" (p. 47). The (Methodist)
missionary John McDougall is credited with having "discovered" the stone in 1865
and being responsible for its removal (MacGregor, p. 47). Butler writes that the
Indians predicted grave misfortune when the stone was removed and that those
predictions came true. "Never had so many afflictions of war, famine and plague
fallen upon the Crees and the Blackfeet as during the year which succeeded the
useless removal of their Manito-stone" (MacGregor. p. 48).~from