Daphne Mary (Tuffy) Good Eagle – Iitsistahtawanaatkoomi – Making a pretty sound under
Daphne, 70 years old, was born into the Siksika Nation on August 21, 1950. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daphne on December 16, 2020. Daphne was the daughter of Nicholas and Maggie Black Kettle. She was married to her beloved husband Kelly Good Eagle for 45 years. Daphne is survived by her adoptive mother Margaret Plain Eagle, her daughters Michelle Black Kettle and Joanne Good Eagle, her son Stan Whiteman Sr. and adopted children Cody Black Kettle and Michelle Big Wolf. Her sisters Yvonne Conrad, Monica (Robert) Muskego and Joanne (Duane) Red Old Man, and Doris Black Kettle. Her grandchildren Stanley, Verlina, Skyleesha Whiteman, Mervin Good Eagle Jr, Mervin and Paige Black Kettle, Layla, Markus, Mattias, Amya Makokis, Mackenzie Latham and great grandchildren Delena, Hazeliene, Hailey, Alice, Deswood Jr. Whiteman, Aleyah Napope and Mayson (Old Man) Good Eagle. As well as her nieces and nephews, Kim and Ervina Black Kettle, Murray Conrad, Lindsey Mottus, Robby, Alfred John (AJ), Pierre Joseph (PJ) Black Kettle, David Muskego, Nikki and Bryce Black Kettle, Shane and Desiree Red Old Man, Darrill, Jenneen, Justin, Jasmine, Braden, and Cody Black Kettle, and her numerous great nieces and nephews. Extended family members are Good Eagle, Black Kettle, Sitting Eagle, Bear Chief, Scabbyrobes, Bear Robe, Weasel Head, Calf Robe, Crow Chief, Weasel Moccasin, First Rider, Many Guns, Sleigh, Star Light, Tail Feathers, Goodstriker, Wadsworth, Beebe, Rabbit Carrier, Many Shots, Rides at the Door, Olney and our apologies if we missed anyone.
Her mother Maggie Black Kettle involved her in the Blackfoot Cultural and Traditional ways, by attending the Sundance and Ceremonies at a young age. Daphne enjoyed travelling to powwows and was an accomplished Ladies Traditional Dancer. She travelled all over Canada and the United States supporting her family in the powwow circuit. She was a very traditional Blackfoot Women who devoted her life to renewing the Blackfoot Traditions and was a fluent speaker of the Blackfoot Language. She was the matriarch of her family, teaching all of them the power of prayer to love one another and in return family will be there for you. Daphne was a member of the Sundance Society iitskinaiks (The Horns). Daphne had numerous accomplishments during her lifetime. She received her GED from Alberta Vocational College. She made her pilgrimage to Guadalupe, Mexico and made her cursillo back in the 1980’s. Daphne inherited her mother’s Tipi at the Elbow River Camp in the Calgary Stampede grounds and sat on the Calgary Stampede committee. Her teachings extended to creation storytelling and prayers with Rafter Six Ranch, Calgary City Police, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Mahmawiatoskwinas, Seven Brothers and Calgary Friendship Centre. She was a board member for these 8 organizations.
Daphne had a huge heart; she was a beautiful person and had a calmness about her. She really made a difference in everyone’s life that came in contact with her. She was a teacher and an inspiration to everyone she had known throughout her life.
Daphne was predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Maggie Black Kettle, Sons Mervin and Kelly Jr. Good Eagle, Brother Derald Black Kettle, Nephews and Niece Chris Conrad, Emmet, Brian, Robin Black Kettle and Grandchildren Deswood Whiteman and Mariah Black Kettle.
Wake Service will be held at the residence of Joanne Red Old Man (Siksika Nation) on Tuesday, December 25, 2020 for immediate family only. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Siksika Nation on Wednesday, December 26, 2020 at 11:00 am. Gravesite service to follow at Little Washington Cemetery, Siksika Nation. By invitation only!
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