This Beacon began unfolding in the Summer of 2017 when Danna Henderson took Ann Verrall to see the horses that had been turned to rock, overlooking the Qu’Appelle Valley in Pasqua First Nation. This story has led to others, so we follow the path of the horse and see what unfolds. In October 2017 Dianne Whalen, Ann Verrall and Lindsay Dobbin traveled to the Qu’Appelle Valley with Regina-based filmmaker Janine Windolph. We visited with Elder Lorraine Yuzicappi from Standing Buffalo where she shared teachings of the land, traditional food and spirit. We held a two-day community-based production workshop that took us to a field of horses. Danna’s father Elder Harold Henderson shared stories, sang and drummed. With Jhaik WindyHair, Ann and Janine journeyed to Sakimay and Cowessess to see where the Creator stood when he made the valley and where spirit horses in the form of rocks watch over the people. We will return in the spring when Dianne travels through on the trail to continue this evolving Beacon Project.
Elder Lorraine Yuzicappi
A knowledge keeper for Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation, gives workshops on traditional foods and teas across Canada. Her knowledge includes traditional uses of mostly local foods and teas, their preservation and preparation. She is a firm believer in maintaining health through the preparation of traditional foods, and using Traditional Medicines to heal the body inside and out. The Sioux Nation is divided into seven sacred campfires and each one has different ways of cooking, gathering and preparing food. Elder Lorraine’s way is the way of her mother and grandmothers.
Elder Harold Henderson
Bio coming soon!
Pictured above, Danna Henderson with her children and mother Andreanna Gordon. Danna Henderson, Community Wisdom Partner, lives and works in Pasqua First Nation. She is a mother, activist, actor and health care professional. Her acting roles include Wind Fall, Moccasin Flats and This Time Last Winter. Her visits to the Standing Rock resistance fueled a spiritual awakening and a commitment to water protection of the Qu’Appelle River.
Jhaik WindyHair is from Cowessess First Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Jhaik has two daughters and one son, three granddaughters and two grandsons. Jhaik loves his family as well as his culture. He enjoys adventures with family. He also enjoys learning languages of other First Nations. He attended University of Regina in the late 1990s earning a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. His love for languages and teaching, sharing life lessons and stories continues each day.
Janine Windolph is a Saskatchewan filmmaker, performer, producer/director, multimedia storyteller, educator and entrepreneur who draws from her combined heritage of Atikemak-Woodland Cree and German. Janine’s films include Regina Indian Industrial School’s RIIS From Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies and From Up North for the NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 program about the experience of being Statement Gatherers for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
This Beacon has grown out of the creative collaborations between Danna Henderson, Janine Windolph and Quiver Artist Collective member Ann Verrall. All three were involved in the short drama This Time Last Winter created through the Director in Residence program at the University of Regina (2009). Since then Janine and Ann have worked on several community-based video projects in La Ronge and Cumberland House Cree Nation, SK. These projects were in partnership with Mispon: Celebrating Indigenous Filmmaking and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooprative. For more information on these project: