Teloot was an influential chief of the lower Tsilhqot'in First Nations tribe.1 He had been previously employed as a guide for artist Frederick Whymper who described Teloot as An Indian of some intelligence, and another previous employer regarding him as a faithful and trustworthy guide.2 In 1864, Teloot, along with Klatsassin, Tappit, Kiddaki, Piere, Tansaki and Tatchasia went on the run from colonial authorities for their involvement in the deaths of the Waddington road crew at Bute Inlet. While suffering from starvation, the men surrendered to Mr. Cox at the Old Hudson Bay Fort on Chilko Lake.3 The Tsilhqot'in men were taken to Alexandria to be tried by the Chief Justice and Jury.4 Chief Justice Matthew Begbie charged Teloot with wounding Phillip Buckley with intent to murder and had Teloot executed at Quesnelmouth on 26 October 1864 at seven in the morning.5 On the scaffold Teloot was believed to urge the people of Alexandria to make peace between the Tsilhqot'ins and the whites, and to cease fighting with their native neighbours.6
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