Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai 

Published on January 16, 2012 by Amy

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Jerry Potts
Jerry Potts

Jerry Potts (1840–1896), (also known as Ky-yo-kosi, meaning Bear Child), was a Canadian American plainsman, buffalo hunter, horse trader, interpreter, and scout.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

Potts was born at Fort McKenzie, Montana on the Missouri River, the only child of his Kainai mother Namo-pisi (Crooked Back) and Andrew R. Potts, a Scottish fur trader.

Upon the death of his father in 1840,Jerry was given to American Fur Company trader Alexander Harvey by Namo-pisi prior to her rejoining her tribe. A violent, vindictive man, Harvey neglected and mistreated Potts before deserting him in 1845.

American Fur Company trader Andrew Dawson of Fort Benton, Montana, a gentle man who was called “the last king of the Missouri,” then adopted young Potts. He taught the boy to read and write and allowed him to mix with the Indians who visited the trading post to learn their customs and languages. In his late teens Potts, who adopted the carefree mannerisms of the frontier, joined his mother’s people and from then on drifted between them and Dawson. As a person of mixed blood, he had to prove to both Indians and whites that he could cope in their respective cultures, and was well served by his quick wits, reckless bravery, skills with the knife and lethal accuracy with both a revolver and a rifle.

Source: Wikipedia Unabridged
Based on the collective work of, © 2015 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai 
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai Unabridged. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from website:

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia (accessed: April 21, 2015).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai " Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 21 Apr. 2015. <>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):, "Jerry Potts and His Early Life ~ Kainai " in Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia Available: Accessed: April 21, 2015.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2015,
    title = { Unabridged},
    month = Apr,
    day = 21,
    year = 2015,
    url = {},
You might also like:

Tags:  ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.