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


Like Klatsassin, Telloot was a lower Tsilhqot'in chief who held significant power within his community. He was charged with murder in the deaths of Waddington's road crew, the advance party, and the members of Mcdonald's pack train.

Telloot was said to be an old man who had been working as a packer for Waddington's road crew since the project began. One of his sons-in-law cooked for Brewster's advance party. Klatsassin is probably responsible for convincing Telloot to particpate in the attacks following the death of the ferry man Tim Smith.

Along with Klatsassin and six others, Telloot surrendered to Commissioner Cox on August 15, 1864. The prisoners were brought to Quesnellemouth to be tried for murder in the court of Judge Matthew Begbie. Like Klatsassin, Chessus, Tahpit, and Piell, he was sentenced to death and was hanged on October 26, 1864. On the scaffold before he died, he allegedly pleaded with the Tsilhqot'in people to make peace with the whites and other aboriginal groups.

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