Lac Ste Anne 1
Pearl Kootenay is at the centre of a big and busy family. She is from the nearby Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and her people were the first to pray at the lake, well before the arrival of missionaries. Pearl had a badly bruised shoulder but continued to cook and care for her family at their annual pilgrimage.
Lac Ste Anne 2
“Each clip-clop of the horses’ hooves is a prayer going up to God," an Elder told me. Driftpile First Nation Elder Gabe Isadore, left, and Elders helper Fred Campiou smudge a horse before the final day of an 11 day journey to Lac Ste Anne. They get up early every morning to pray.
Lac Ste Anne 3
People search for the rock where her steps are believed to be held in stone. It’s a big rock, at least five feet on it’s longest side but it moves with the seasons and the currents. The mythologies and spirituality here are impossible to arrange on boundaries of race or religion.