September 2011

Photographer: George M. Kelley

Photo: Blacknose of Teme-Augama Anishnabai, 1896, Bear Island, Temagami, Canada 

Supercentenarian Blacknose

Old Blacknose, (also known as Pikudjick or Picouchise), on Bear Island in 1896. He died the following winter when he was at least 110 years old.

Pikudjick means pile of mud, probably referring to the black mole on his nose. He lived on his lands at Mountain Lake on the Montreal River.  In the background is the Hudson's Bay Company post.

This striking elder's identity remained a mystery for decades after the photo was found in the National Archives. It ended when his name turned up under the photo in Kelley's original album, now in the possession of his grandson, Rob Wilson.

It was taken during a canoe trip by Kelley and friends. Another of his shots can be found here.

Photo credit: R.S. Cassels collection at the National Archives of Canada.

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