Anna was born in November, 1904, in Nelson House, Manitoba. As Anna grew her athleticism became apparent. Not having any brothers, Anna followed her father on his trap line, often running ahead of the sled dogs to clear the trails. In the summer and fall she developed her prowess with a canoe and won canoe races every year.

In July, 1923, Anna married Stanley McLeod, a fellow of Scottish descent, yet born in Cross Lake, Manitoba. In those days a marriage of this kind meant losing her treaty status so the couple could not live on the reserve at Nelson House (Nisichawayasihk) . A year later they moved to South Indian Lake where they resumed hunting, fishing and trapping. At that time South Indian Lake was a community where it was common to find non-Aboriginal men with native spouses.

Even in her nineties Anna maintained her physical stamina. At 93 she could walk one hour through the woods to pick berries and at 94 was still tanning small hides. All her life she continued to make beautiful handicrafts.

When I met Anna in 2000 she was sitting on her sofa knitting. Although I was a stranger, my initial introduction was a warm hug which made me feel special and very welcome in her home. I received the same wonderful treatment every time we met and discovered she greeted everyone in a similar manner. Anna was a remarkable woman whose warmth never failed to shine on all who met her. Anna McLeod passed away in 2002 just shy of her 98th birthday.

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Anna McLeod
Cree, South Indian Lake
Image size: 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 975