A pictograph of the Treaty 4 negotiations, illustrated by Chief Paskwa.
It is the only depiction of the treaty negotiations from a First Nation
perspective. (Royal Saskatchewan Museum)
Deciphering historical imagery goes beyond conventional book
knowledge when it comes to the depictions of the signing of Treaty 4.
The treaty was signed in 1874. Nine years later, Chief Paskwa created
a document of his own, in the form of a pictograph, based on what he
was told by an interpreter, says Delbert Pasqua.
"[Chief Paskwa] didn't understand them, he had to take the
interpreter's word that this is what [the Crown] meant, what they were
promising," Pasqua told CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend earlier this week.
Pasqua is a direct descendant of Chief Paskwa and is in charge of deciphering the images that were put to paper.
It involves more than just cross-referencing the images with the
written words of the treaty, signed between the Indigenous people living
on the land and the Crown 143 years ago...http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/delbert-pasqua-decipher-pictograph-1.4041710
Related: Pictographs of the North American Indians - Gerrick Mallery