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Inland Chiefs

Chemattawaish and son, 1866.  Chemattawaish was one of the hunters who came to Rupert House with chiefs Wapatchew and Mettaweskum to trade.

Chemattawaish and son, 1866. Chemattawaish was one of the hunters who came to Rupert House with chiefs Wapatchew and Mettaweskum to trade.

The inland chiefs were highly respected hunters and men of influence, each spring leading to Rupert House between 8 and 18 canoes of hunters to trade. There was one inland chief at a time. In keeping with the Cree’s respect for the elderly, the chief maintained his position until his death. All the inland chiefs are related to the present Eastmain-1 families.

The inland chiefs were:
Chief Nooshihaio..................................-1837
Chief Paithaubinaweskum................    1838-1850
Chief Wapatchew...........................    1850-1875
Chief Jacob Mettaweskum...............    1875-1890


  “The families are so closely related:  Like leaves on a branch, or a fish-net, everyone is connected!” - Johnny Husky Swallow

Sally and Emma Jimiken, 1866, ancestors of the Eastmain-1 Jimiken family. Their father, Jimiken, accompanied chiefs Wapatchew and Mettaweskum to Rupert House to trade.

Jolly’s second wife, Betsy, and her daughter, Harriet, 1866. Jolly’s son, Tommy, married Eva, daughter of Chief Mettaweskum.

Jolly’s second wife, Betsy, and her daughter, Harriet, 1866. Jolly’s son, Tommy, married Eva, daughter of Chief Mettaweskum.