And then the railroad came.
And then Big Bear signed the treaty.
"'We didn't smoke the pipe,' Twin Wolverine said, riding beside him through the granular stinging snow up the bent valley.
"He had not thought The Only One would permit such blackness to be found in him; opening endlessly; he had never known all that could be there, and he could not stop himself.
"'What more do you want?' he cried to his oldest living son. 'I am an old man and it is no longer given me to feed my people. What more can you want?'"
-Rudy Wiebe, The Temptations of Big Bear