Deerfoot

Crowfoot’s nephew / Api Kai Ees / ‘Scabby Dried Meat’ from Gleichen
Well over six feet/ Lanky and lean, as thin as a crane
Nothing but disdain for the uniform and fence
On offence
Your cattle / Your horses / Your rations, yes
And a large advance sum / Because I can beat those white men
I can run

Legend says he would seek revenge for injustices
Spirit oversee mechanical carnage
The fastest man of his day / Reveling in endless delay

A crooked syndicate turned Scabby Dried Meat to Deerfoot
For the professional racing circuit
He tied the record mile / Beat champions from abroad
Stokes from Birmingham / Irvine from Ottawa
Big wins written up in the New York Sporting News
He stole blankets from a homestead and was refused
A pass off the reserve by the Indian agent
Judges bribed, races fixed
Deerfoot, disillusioned, quits

Legend says he would seek revenge for injustices
Spirit oversee mechanical carnage
The fastest man of his day / Reveling in endless delay

Fighting, drunkenness, theft
The Blackfoot have been left with nothing to do
No reason, no food
And Deerfoot, still a hero, is mean
Friends and wives fear for their lives
Two years a fugitive for his continuing crimes
The one time great runner is tackled by a constable after 9 miles
The sentence is light
Repentance is wielding an axe in a settler’s house
Deerfoot contracts tuberculosis in custody
Dies at 33

Without consultation form relations
Buried in an unmarked plot on the barracks grounds downtown
And in ’74 honour the renowned foot racer with a raging six lane prairie displacer
Again with no prior discussion at all, against Blackfoot protocol
The angry spirit of the runner will prevail
And curse the souls that stall and crawl and rumble and roll and cascade out of control down Deerfoot Trail

Legend says he would seek revenge for injustices
Spirit oversee mechanical carnage
The fastest man of his day / Reveling in endless delay

~ Kris Demeanor

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Kris Demeanor was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada right about the time of the first moon landing, the son of a Swedish beauty queen and a German General Proficiency award winner. He’s a songwriter and performer who writes and sings about the funny, dark, absurd, maddening, and the joyful for people who like to think, dance, laugh, cry and party.

Kris has put out six CDs of original music, a couple of award winning videos, created and performed for the theatre, and toured clubs and folk festivals around Canada, Australia and Europe, both solo and with his Crack Band. Kris is also Calgary’s first Poet Laureate, and co-founder of the RE:ACT Collective, with Dymphny Dronyk, Tyler Perry, Rob K. Omura and Bridget Honch.

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