We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War


When Klatsassin came to Commissioner Cox to surrender on August 15, 1864, Cheloot was among the eight Tsilhqot’ins accompanying Klatsassin. His father, Tnananski, was also present at the surrender. Like Klatsassin, Tellot, Piel, Chessus, Chedekki, and Tnananski, Cheloot was taken to Quesnellemouth to stand trial.

Although Klatsassin had assured Cox that all the men accompanying him had been involved in the attacks, the colony lacked the evidence to convict Cheloot or Tnananski. The two also may have been responsible for the death of Donald McLean but again insufficient evidence prevented prosecution. After being held at Quesnellemouth for ten days, Cheloot and Tnananski were released and returned to the Chilcotin Plateau.

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