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STEVENS, Nora (nee Wesley)

“Ka-ri Mâ-bi wîyâ – Raven’s Nest Woman”
August 8, 1922 – Big Horn, Alberta
October 18, 2014 – Banff, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Nora Stevens on October 18, 2014 at the age of 92 years. Nora Stevens, the last Matriarch of the Wesley clan, descendant of hereditary Chief Peter (Ta-Otha) Wesley, passed away.

Nora was born and raised in Wa-pta Mno-tha (Bighorn, Nordegg area, AB). By age 6 Nora was taken by train to Morley Residential School for 3 years. Her parents pulled her out of the Morley Residential School and returned to Wa-pta Mno-tha (Bighorn, Nordegg area, AB), where Nora was raised until she was 19 years old. In 1940, John Stevens exchanged a dowry to Moses and Mary Wesley for their wa-kâ hâ-bi. Nora then followed her husband to Ga-hna (Eden Valley, AB), where they resided from 1949 – 1959. Nora, her husband and children relocated to Mînî-Thnî (Morley, AB), where she lived out the rest of her life.
Nora was a spiritual healer and her faith intertwined with her Christianity and her traditional teachings knowing that Wa-kâ is one. Her skills of cultural traditions, butchering wild animals, and cultural activities were important to her and she shared her knowledge with her children. Nora knew that as she shared her knowledge that it would be a way of preserving Stoney Culture and Identity as Stoney First Nations (wa-pa mak-the). Nora’s butchering skills were exemplary as she knew the anatomy and uses of wild animals. She taught her children and her grandchildren how to make dry meat, to tan hides, how to bead and make beautiful cultural regalia. Since she was a skilled seamstress, who could make vests, gloves, mossbags and other types of clothing from tan hides. She also taught her daughters and granddaughters how to cut material to make teepees and tents used at sundances, pow wows, and other cultural events. Nora knew where to go to pick berries, where to harvest natural medicines, and where to pick warh-pe-rhpen, from Alexis Reserve all the way down to Chief Mountain (îyâ-sa îpa to Hûga baha).
There was a period when cultural activities were abandoned and left dormant. Nora, her husband John, brother Lazarus and sister-in-law Lily got together and revived cultural activities. This began with forming the drum group, Bow Valley Singers, holding Hand Games, hand drumming, and teaching to the younger generations the different cultural activities. The group of four also revived cultural ceremonies such as Ghost Dances, Sundances, Sweat Lodge ceremonies, ceremonial rites of passage, Medicinal ceremonies, and when called they held prayer ceremonies for community members.

Nora is survived by her children, Glen, Phillomene (Willy), Virgil, Audley (Tilda), and Tracey; 32 grandchildren; 116 great grandchildren; 34 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Bella Alexis, Winnie Francis, Eliza Holloway, and Alice Twoyoungmen; her adopted children, Elizabeth Twoyoungmen, Gordon (Louise) Potts, Una and M. Pauline Wesley, Gerald Powderface, Rolland Rollinmud, Sedrick Baker, Mary (Toby) Pena, Ollie Benjamin, Stuart Dixon, and Paul Rasporich. Her relatives also include the Abraham, Alexis, Adams, Bearspaw, Benjamin, Brown, Crawler, Daniels, Dixon, Ear, Francis, Fox, Goat, Goodstoney, House, Hunter, Holloway, Kaquitts, Kootenay, Lefthand, Mark, Manywounds, Poucette, Powderface, Rider, Rabbit, Rollinmud, Simeon, Sunchild, Snow, Shortneck, Twoyoungmen, Wesley, Wesley-Beaver and Wildman families.

Nora was predeceased by her husband John Stevens (Spotted Bird – Thi-kta rhne-rhne-ya); her parents, Moses and Mary Wesley; her siblings, Bella, Peter (Winnifred), Tom (Ina), Paul, Caroline (Frank) Powderface, Lazarus (Lily), Guy, Isaiah, Alexander Alexis, and Archie Daniels; her children Alvina, Ralph, Harold, Mary Barbara Poucette, Lorne, Nicholas, Darcy, and Eloise.

Wake Services will be held at the residence of the late Nora Stevens (Morley, AB) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 to Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at the Bearspaw Youth Center (Morley, AB) on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A Graveside Service to follow at Bearspaw Cemetery (Morley, AB). Please forward condolences through

In living memory of Nora Stevens, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Donna Hogeland :

    Dear Glen, Phillomene, Virgil, Audley, Tracey, and families: It was with great sadness to learn of Aunt Nora’s passing. She and Uncle John were very special to my late husband, Peter Wesley, and to me. I have many fond memories of them through the years. Aunt Nora was one of the warmest and most caring people that I have had the pleasure of knowing. Whenever we would meet, she always embraced me with a hug before we would have a visit. Aunt Nora emphatically confirmed that I would always be a member of the Wesley Clan. Her unconditional acceptance meant so very much to me. I will miss her dearly. The passing of Aunt Nora represents the end of her generation of the Moses and Mary Wesley, and Ta-Otha lineage. The responsibility now lies with the succeeding generations to continue to protect and preserve the extensive language and cultural knowledge that Aunt Nora and her siblings shared during their respective lifetimes. Although there is so little one can say at a time of loss like this, please know that my heart goes out to each of you. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you comfort, and softly ease your sorrow. Aunt Nora’s goodness, her caring, and her wisdom will live on…like a legacy of love that will always be with you. ~ With my deepest sympathy, Donna

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  2. To the family of Elder Nora, I offer my heartfelt condolence to your family. Mituwin Nora was a kind loving Elder who’s cultural knowledge was at the white man’s PhD level. It is a huge loss for our community. May you be comforted knowing we are with you in your sorrow. God Bless. Tina Fox

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  3. Paul Rasporich :

    Nora and John truly understood me in a way that no one in my own culture could. The answers I needed were always inside me – only they knew how to help me find them. For all of the big decisions I made, I always brought tobacco to her, and she would take my hand and pray. I don’t know what she said as I don’t yet know the language – but it always worked. Isnyes Ina, I will miss you.

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  4. Myrna Kootenay & Family :

    Philomene, Tracey and family; loss of mother is hard especially a mother like your E’na. My sister Lana sends her love and prayers to you(s) and your family. Lana said she would be of service to you(s) if she was in Morley. I/We (fam) have fond memories of your late mom and our late mother. They were the same age and were friends from childhood. I/We have great respect and fond memories of your E’na. She lived a long and good Nakoda life. God Bless with Love & Prayers Myrna & family.

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  5. sorry i couldn’t make to the funeral, my prayers and thoughts go out to the family e’na was special to me. i remember e’na(caroline) and my late mom would always go visit her and make dry meat or tan hides or just visit and i would tag along play with my cousins. God Bless You!
    Deanna and Family

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