mino tipiska, nohkom! Have a happy birthday, kohkom Sarah Harper

The Cree Literacy Network is in great company today sending our very best wishes to Sarah Harper, who is celebrating her 111th birthday yesterday at Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House, Manitoba).

Sarah is also being celebrated in the Winnipeg Free Press in a feature by Alexandra Paul, and on CBC. Her portrait also features in Gerald Kuehl’s recently released Portraits of the North.

Thanks also to Winnipeg photographer Doug Thomas, whose portraits are always brilliant. Doug accompanied Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson on this important birthday mission. North Wilson, who grew up in Oxford House and has always known Sarah is speaking Cree with her in this video.

Wanna know the real secret to longevity? Evidently, it helps to speak Cree! Apologies to Doug for down-sampling his HD video – it was too big to post here otherwise. 2Y8A5501-smaller

 

 

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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