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NICOLE GLADUE

Born in a bush camp east of Fort Vermilion, Alberta to Isadore and Beulah Gladue, Nicole was one of 5 children, members of the Jean d'Or and Tallcree First Nations. Nicole grew up in the Fort Vermilion area, largely on traplines and hunting camps - this At Home the last area of Alberta where there were still buffalo to With The hunt. In the late 1950's the government forced relocation of Author these dispersed families into settlements. Here the Gladue 1969 settled in the 'Chicagotown' ghetto of tarpaper shacks at Fort Vermilion. In 1967 the author, then a bank manager, established the Northern Echo in High Level, becoming the first newspaper north of Peace River. Here he was joined by Nicole. A vivacious, charming and bubbly personality and a smile that would melt the heart of a WITIKO, she easily made friends. Guys fell over themselves for her. Best friends competed for her attention. And she knew it. Only person I ever knew who could hitch-hike across country by air. After consulting for some National Filmboard productions Nicole moved to Toronto where, she moved in the circle of people like June Callwood, Gordon Lightfoot (the author was invited to join Gordon on tour as Bass player but had to decline) and Kahn Tineta Horn. By 1970 she had become Canada's top Indian (not Aboriginal or Native) model, and the second Indian model after Kahn Tineta Horn. From Toronto she moved onto the modeling and celebrity circuit and relocated to New York. Among her circle were Jonathan Winters whose band 'White Trash' took the name from our band at High Level. Also among friends were The Grateful Dead, where she inspired the song 'Bertha'. There has also been a suggestion that Lightfoot's 'Sundown' had something to do with her. Never forgetting her background, Nicole became involved with the American Indian Movement and was at Wounded Knee in 1973. At Wounded Knee 1973 (back) Unfortunately, she slipped into drug usage and life started to spiral out of control. In effect, she became a (high-priced) Escort on Wall Street. To escape, Nicole returned home. Here she married a small-time entrepreneur and dedicated herself to raising a family, helping to preserve Aboriginal culture and identity and working to improve the plight of northern native peoples. Today, under a different name, she heads up Native agency in northern Alberta. Good work Sis. Always been proud of you - but I still won't call you Nicole. Return to The Western Cree Table of Contents Return to The Western Cree Index OTHER SELECTIONS Native Tribes listings Tribal Homepages Tribal History files Cree Museum Collection Tribal Genealogy listings Family Genealogy Listings Heritage Consulting homepage Native Studies directory History Bibliography History directory Historic photos Book Reviews directory Books for sale Collectibles for sale
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