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Everett Soop fonds


Physical Description:
2 m of textual records. -- 2018 cartoons. -- 2 photographs

Everett Soop, 1943-2001, was born on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta. From a young age he was incapacitated by muscular dystrophy. He studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary in 1964, then spent a year at Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. He then studied journalism at Calgary's Mount Royal College, and spent two years at the University of Lethbridge, during which time he took summer courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1968 he was hired by the newly-launched Kainai News newspaper to draw political cartoons and write columns. From 1976 to 1982 he wrote a regular column called "Gitskenip" (You Know). He served on the Blood Tribal Council from 1982 to 1986. He was unemployed and in poor health from 1986 to 1989, but in 1990 briefly resumed working as a cartoonist for Kainai News. His cartoons and writings are noted for satirizing not only government agencies and their treatment of natives, but also the foibles of his own people. Three books of his works have been published, the first a selection of his cartoons, Soop Take a Bow / Everett Soop. - Stand Off, Alberta : Indian News Media Society, 1979; Another Bowl of Soop; and the last a selection of both his columns and cartoons, I See My Tribe is Still Behind Me / Everett Soop, edited and intro. by Hugh A. Dempsey. - Calgary : Glenbow Museum, 1990. See also the documentary Soop on Wheels / Two Wheels Production. -- Toronto : Ashland, 1998 and Carmen Robertson "Trickster in the press: Kainai editorial cartoonist Everett Soop's framing of Canada's 1969 white paper events" Media History, volume 14, number 1, 2008.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of cartoons drawn for publication in Kainai News (1968-1983)and two portrait photographs of Soop. The fonds also consists of records related to his Blood Tribal Council work (1982-1986), including Band Council minutes, band membership reports, financial statements, and committee records for the Constituion, Economic Development, Education, Health, Land, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Social Development Commmittees. Includes submissions and reports related to First Nations self-government and to amendments to the Indian Act to restore status to First Nations women who married non-natives.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Everett Soop, 1988-1992, and Hugh Dempsey, 2004.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Library and Archives Canada holds 125 of Everett Soop's cartoons.
There are photographs of Everett Soop, taken September 4, 1979, in the Calgary Herald fonds at Glenbow (NA-2864-36294).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-7959, M-9028, PA-3686

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