Saamis Tepee Facts
After being moved to Medicine Hat, erection and assembly of the major
structural elements began October 20, 1991, and was completed in less than
one week. It has a foundation weight of 800 metric tons, and the dead load of
the structure is 200 metric tons. The main masts of the Tepee measure
215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building) and the diameter of the Tepee
is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together.
The Day The Medicine Man Lost His Hat
Many colourful Canadian cities have inherited their names from
Indian words and legends, and the name Medicine Hat is no exception.
Many years ago there was a battle between the Cree and Blackfoot
on the bank of a southern Alberta river. The Cree fought valiantly until
their medicine man deserted them, losing his headdress in mid-stream
as he fled to the safety of the opposite shore.
Believing this to be a bad omen, the Cree put down their weapons and
were massacred by the Blackfoot. The site of this tragedy was called
“SAAMIS”, an Indian word, meaning “medicine man’s hat.”
Years later, in 1882, when the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and
the C.P.R. roadbuilders settled in the area, the Indian name was
translated and shortened to Medicine Hat.
Alternative Mythical “Blood” Version of How Medicine Hat Got Its Name
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