Portrait of chief walking buffalo donated to museum.
Calgary family Brian and Marianne Connelly donated a pastel portrait of Chief Walking Buffalo, created by Nicholas de Grandmaison in the 1950s, to the Luxton Home Museum in Banff. The Connelly family purchased the portrait at Hodgins Art Auction 10 years ago, intending to donate it to an institute that would honour Chief Walking Buffalo. After purchasing the painting, the couple moved to the United Kingdom and it wasn't until Marianne Connelly returned to Calgary after her husband's death, that she found a home for the portrait. Chief Walking Buffalo, a great Canadian peace hero, is known for the role he played in overcoming lawyer F. B. Bennett's efforts to acquire the Stoney's land in 1918 for Calgary Power at no cost. In 1959, at the age of 88, Chief Walking Buffalo set out on a seven-month peace mission to Europe, Australasia and Africa.