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POUNDMAKER - A Thunderchild Indian woman, Annie Thunderchild, now living with her only surviving daughter, Jennie Tootoosis, was recently honored on her 1O1st birthday.
Relatives and friends came to a traditional feast to pay tribute to "kookum".
It has been just recently that she had to give up her beadwork due to her failing eyesight. It was a part of her life she hated to give up.
During her early womanhood she was called upon many times to act as a midwife, said her daughter Jennie. Although she delivered 57 babies she never lost one, she said.
Her husband, Peter Thunderchild, was from the Thunderchild Indian band. Together they raised a total of 17 children. The only surviving member of the family is Jennie of the Poundmaker Indian band.
Thunderchild has a total of five great-great grandchildren, 27 great-grand children and 12 grandchildren.
She is also joined by Maggie Okanee from Thunderchild in the 101 club. Both of the ladies grew up on the reserve.