Sewing for the people

Sewing for the people

Elder Mary Louise Drygeese gives to her family and her people through her sewing. Since she was a little girl that is what she has done. Giving makes her happy, she says. Central to her sewing has been an old Singer hand crank sewing machine which has been in her husband's family for more than 60 years. The family donated the sewing machine to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in 2012. In this audio excerpt, you will hear Mary Louise and her daughter Mary Rose Sundberg who is interpreting for her at times from the Wiilideh dialect of Tlicho to English.

Mary Louise Drygeese

Elder Mary Louise Drygeese, née Sangris, was born on the land at Mink Creek (Tehjik'ea). Her father It'o Joe Sangris was the chief of her people, the Yellowknives, for more than 32 years. It is by watching him serve his people through his leadership position that Mary Louise first experienced the power of giving.

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