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Memorable Manitobans: Abishabis [Small Eyes] (?-1843)

Native prophet.

Born near York Factory to Cree parents, he was converted to Methodism by James Evans. Later, in 1842, he assumed a role asa spiritual prophet around Moose Factory and Fort Albany. Accused of being a windigo, he was arrested by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Severn House. He was subsequently killed by three of his people on 30 August 1843.

More information:

“Abishabis the Cree”, Studies in Religion 9, no. 2 (1980): 216-45 by Norman J. W. Williamson

Abishabis, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 30 November 2008

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