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Pete Standing Alone was a respected elder

Pete Standing Alone took part in a ceremony inducting former Prime Minister Stephen Harper into the Kainai Chieftanship.

The family of Dr. Pete Standing Alone and the people of the Kainai Nation are mourning the loss of a proud, humble and respected elder.
Standing Alone died at the age of 90.
Standing Alone was one of the last remaining free range ranchers who had a sizeable herd of cattle and horses — many of which he trained as bucking stock in rodeos, both locally and as far away as Las Vegas.
Standing Alone developed strong working skills in assisting local ranchers, working in the Kansas and United States oilfields and on his return, representing the Kainai people as an elected member of council.
Standing Alone also played a prominent role as an elder and advisor in the Blackfoot sacred circles.
A respected Blood Tribe elder, Standing Alone, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Lethbridge on May 29, 2012, for his contributions to Aboriginal education.
Standing Alone was well-known as a resource person for culture, history, language and ceremonial activities.
He served as a cultural advisor to Red Crow Community College and at the University of Lethbridge where he spoke regularly in university classes and group discussions about language and culture retention.
Standing alone also served as an advisor to the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, and at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
Standing Alone was involved with the Horn Society since he was a young man and was one of their most respected elders, as well as the Long-Time Medicine Pipe Society in which he was very active.
Standing Alone was involved in a number of films, the earliest in 1958. It was his foresight into the traditional and cultural future of the Kainai people that prompted him to participate in a trilogy of films, sharing a way of life that has long been misunderstood by the public.
His films, produced by the late Colin Low and the National Film Board, focused on a young man and his realization of how quickly progress was encircling his people.
The films, Circle of the Sun, A Pinto for the Prince and Standing Alone share the life of Pete as a young man and his maturity as a Kainai elder.
In 2005, the final film Round-Up depicted his life as a cowboy.
Standing Alone has done about 15 films that are still broadly viewed by audiences from around the world.

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