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Memorable Manitobans: Thanadelthur (?-1717)

Interpreter.

A Chipewyan (Dene), she was captured by Crees and enslaved before escaping to York Fort, which she reached late in 1714. She subsequently accompanied William Stuart and a party of Crees on a peace mission to the Chipewyans. While most of the mission gave up the task, Thanadelthur pursued her people and talked them into negotiating peace. Governor Knight described her as being of “great courage.”

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Slave Woman Monument (La Verendrye Avenue, Churchill)

Visioning Thanadelthur: Shaping a Canadian Icon by Patricia A. McCormack
Manitoba History, Number 55, June 2007

Thanadelthur, Dictionary of Canadian Biography II, 627-28.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2018

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