|Lottie Moore lives in Nelson House, a Cree community 75 kilometers northwest of Thompson, Manitoba. Although the building which kept her birth records burned down years ago Lottie's children say she is approximately 105 years old. Their estimate is based upon her children's ages and the years apart they were born.
Lottie still leads a very active lifestyle. Several years ago she broke a leg in three places. It evidently healed well because she regularly walks to the store with only the aid of her cane. She gave up smoking a long time ago and it is not allowed in her home. Lottie has a son, Moses, who is 78 years old and lives next door to her and a daughter, Hilda, who resides in Winnipeg. Like a lot of Aboriginal families, Lottie raised many children outside her own family.
In the fall of 2003 Lottie passed away. I tried my utmost to capture the contentment of Lottie Moore, a woman who stood up for what she believed in yet greeted each day with a twinkle in her eye. She was a gem of a lady and could not fail to leave a positive impression upon those who met her.