Benny William

One of the last standing Elder Cowboys

Age 75, Benny is a former Chief and is the most active and traditional Cowboy Elder within the Xeni Gwet’in.  He’s held in high esteem by his community, as ancient native life is steeped deep in his DNA.  He’s a gentlemen in his ways with a quick whit, and stares you in the eye when he speaks.  Benny can still be found on his ranch single handedly breaking wild Qayus horses, and he finds great satisfaction in catching the nastiest, most difficult and illusive in the Qayus herds.  Benny is quoted as saying:  “Qayus, if you can catch and break one, you’ll have the strongest, tuffest, more sure footed horse out there.”    

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