Chief Shot Both Sides was a member of the Blood Nation in Southern Alberta. The Bloods are one of four tribes that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy. The Blood Nation Reserve is the largest reserve in Canada boosting close to 350,000 acres.
Chief Shot Both Sides was the son of a long line of Chiefs. His father was Crop–Eared Wolf and he was also the grandson of Red Crow, Head signatory to Treaty Seven. Shot Both Sides was born in 1874, and was just three years old at the signing of Treaty Seven. The robe of Head Chief fell to Shot Both Sides upon the death of his father in 1913.
Listen to Linda Many Guns recount his escapades in war and important friendships (2m 30s).
Portrait of Chief Shot-in-Both-Sides, 1927
oil on canvas
76.2 x 61.2
Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Purchased 1928.
T. J. Hileman
Shot On Both Sides, Head Blood Chief., May 13, 1927
Courtesy of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB.