Aboriginal woman having tea by a sod shack
Division 1 - South East
RM of Brock No. 64
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): "Will Lee was of Scottish ancestry. He moved from Ontario to the prairies in 1882 at twenty years of age. He homesteaded on the North East of 34-85-West of the 2nd district of Assiniboia in the Northwest Territories. A short time later he moved to the South East of 395 West of the 2nd. Will and his wife, Bessy, lived in a log house close to the Moose Mountains. In 1908, they built a brick house near the log one. And that’s taken in the Arcola history book. We assume that’s where the picture was taken. In 1884, Thomas Hislop bought a binder. Tom was a neighbour and relations of Will Lee’s. It is quite likely that Tom’s binder was used to cut most the crops in the settlement. For whatever reason, there’s a binder in the background of that picture. The picture therefore could be as early as 1884, but no later than 1908, when the log house was abandoned. Unfortunately, we do not know who the women are who are having tea. This Native Studies fellow by the name of Lou Porter looked at it, and he said that the elderly woman is having her tea, while the younger is just sitting there not doing anything. She won’t eat until the older one has had her tea. So that’s kind of an interesting side note I had from him."