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Allen Sapp

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      DECEMBER 1985/JANUARY 1986      p53  
From the Red Pheasant Reserve near North Battleford, Allen Sapp, one of the most talented Native artists of our time, has drawn his motifs: the people and culture and religion of the Cree; the subtleties of the Saskatchewan landscape; the rigors of the prairie climate and our agriculture. Says one critic, "with charm and disarming simplicity, the Sapp paintings tell the universal story of people on the land". Allen Sapp's reverence for nature shines through the serenity, simplicity and fidelity of his work.

Yet an international reputation has not come easy to Allen Sapp. In childhood and early youth he struggled against ill health and poverty. He had little schooling. He is a self-taught individual - whose natural talent and photographic memory enabled him to triumph against all odds. He underwent the cultural confusion of the Indian coping with white man's society - yet emerged with his native culture and religion solidly confirmed. In so doing he has been an inspiration and example to his own people. And he has amply justified his name in his own tongue: Kis-kay-etum (he perceives it) - Sa-pos-kum (he passes through).

Your honor, I present to you for investiture with the Saskatchewan Award of Merit - a distinguished artist, proud representative of a proud people, a sensitive portrayer of our land, Kis-kay-etum Sa-pos-kum.

Allan Sapp wears Merit Award
Allan Sapp wears Merit Award
from provincial government
Allan and Margaret at home
Allan and Margaret at home