Edna was born in the community of Nelson House in 1915. The youngest of 6 sisters, she was well liked because of her ability to defuse a situation with a touch of humor. In Nelson House she learned survival skills such as how to trap animals, prepare hides and sew clothing. This ability would serve her well when raising her own family.

While still in her teens, Edna married a non-Aboriginal fellow named, Mourdo, and they moved north approximately 100 kilometers, to the newly developing community of South Indian Lake. During this period, native women marrying non-Aboriginal men lost their treaty status and could not remain on the reserve. It was prevalent then for these couples to move from Nelson House to South Indian Lake. As such the two communities have retained a common thread over the years as some relatives moved and others remained behind.

Edna's family grew steadily as three children were born. They were taught that hard work was needed to succeed in life but also that a sense of humor can ease life's burdens. After her husband died at an early age, she lived with her sister, Anna Mcleod, for several years.

In the fall of 2000 I managed to arrive in South Indian Lake. My previous attempts had failed due to an early spring thaw one year, preventing road passage, and heavy spring rains on my second attempt. Other than by plane, the ferry was the only way to access South Indian Lake from the mainland. On my final day I decided to pay a quick visit to Edna's home before the noon departure time. Although our time together was brief I felt relaxed in her presence. After several photographs, as Edna remained on her porch, I hurried off, pleased I had met this warm and unpretentious woman

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Edna Moose
Cree, South Indian Lake

Image size: 10 x 13 inches
Edition size: 975