Indian Scout Menu

Though the format is less elaborate, this mid-day menu for the Trans-Canada Limited has the same date (if “1-9-25” is a date) and similar offerings as the spiral tunnel menu. There are many differences: this one has cream of celery soup instead of Mulligatawny; the lake trout is served grilled or fried instead of sauté creole; and Irish stew with vegetables take the place of stuffed tomatoes and bacon. But both menus have about the same number of entrées and a la carte items.

Click image to download a 1.9-MB PDF of this menu.

The back of the menu has a 600-word essay about the cover photo. The essay’s introduction says, “Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, the author, is a full-blooded Indian, a chief of the Blood tribe of Alberta.” This turned out to be a fabrication; in fact, he was of mixed black, white, and Native American heritage from North Carolina.

As part Cherokee and Lumbee Indian, he had gone to Carlisle Indian School, graduating in the same 1912 class as Jim Thorpe. He then entered the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight in World War I, moving to Canada after the war. From 1925 to 1927, he worked in public relations for the Canadian Pacific, spending part of his time at the Banff Springs Hotel. While his claim to be a full-blooded Blackfoot Indian was untrue, he had been adopted in the tribe and historians today agree that he was a sincere and effective advocate for Native American rights.

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