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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 1974 THE LITHBHIDQt HERALD -8 Cartoonist points out native troubles By D'Arcy Herald district editor Soop's I don't mean dinner. I mean Everett Southern Alberta's funniest cartoonist. Everett is the cartoonist for Kainai Canada's leading Indian newspaper. The editorial offices are located at a village where the Belly River is crossed by Highway 2 south of Fort and you'll find the cartoonist there about three afternoons each week. Very likely he'll be working in the Kainai News darkroom. He does his cartoons at home on the kitchen working when inspiration strikes him sometime after midnight. He says he likes making photographs but hasn't done any for a year stole my Soop has something most cartoonists these days humor. His cartoons are funny. And because he is an he can make fun of his fellow Bloods in a way a white man never could. But Soop says he has to be careful. A lot of people on the reserve consider his barbs a little unfunny. Soop finished Grade 12 and did it without trying too hard. Fact he spent most of his time doodling cartoons all over his exercise books. Then he went south with the ducks he draws to Brigham Young University at Utah. The old master cartoonist stuck this out for a year and then found his way to the University of Lethbridge. He spent years at the Lethbridge institution and still hopes to win his bachelor of arts degree. Soop also wields a very talented bristle brush. His oils are attracting a lot of attention. Sometimes he wonders if the money he earns from cartooning will ever be enough to pay for the oil paints. Soop's oil technique is loose but precise. A kind of slashing at the canvas. 1 I don' t try to compete with the camera for a photographic he says. just want to catch the feeling for the Soop was born with muscular dystrophy. He says the doctors didn't working on me until I was around gets worse every Soop says a bottle of beer helps him get in the mood for cartooning but there's no place to drink on the or in Cardston either for that matter. If he needs a cool he gathers with a few close friends. Then out comes the India ink and a few sheets of paper. Soon the paper is covered with little Indian fellows in some kind of trouble or taking a bitter-wise crack in some hopeless situation. long as one or two that's says Soop. warding off the criticism that comes after his pen pricks some sensitive hide. There's not the slightest doubt in my mind that Soop is one of Canada's very true comic artists. Being a it's rather unlikely he'll win the fame he so richly deserves. Why do I think Everett Soop is so First of he's as mentioned above. he's rough but true there's no superficial slickness in his work. And he knows his subject intimately and never departs from what he knows. Everett Soop deserves national recognition. But if he never makes never mind. His genius will be given a showplace in the Kainai News for a long time to come. And he will be making a deep imprint. Soop is a man i Everett Soop shows a heroic sized portrait of an Indian chief he is currently painting at his home near the St. Paul's Residential School on the Blood Indian Reserve. I--' i .f Boxing is a popular pastime on the reserve. Soop turns his pen on some contestants and today's hair style. Soop takes a crack at communications on the reserve. Many Indians were introduced to Bell's invention for the first time last year. Cartoons courtesy Kainai News n UML Hwnun THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Money with an inspired passion for the who is also a natural caricaturist and cartoonist. Best of he's a humorist. And his humor is relieving a lot of pain on this country's largest reserve. The human consequences husband is getting a new the woman said. is the fourth time this year he has been out because of He is a highly skilled man. His union has not been on but has been forced out because of the strike action of other unions. A great effort is made to .show that the time out because of strikes is comparatively small. Such efforts do not take into account the thousands who refuse to cross picket lines. Take for example a strike which began in with the refusal of two men to work two hours' despite an agreement jointly negotiated between the union and the employers. That strike tied up the vitally important port of Manchester for six weeks and threw thousands of men out of work. The Rt. Hon. Arthur a strong labor member of the British House of Commons The Use and Abuse of Trade points out the Communist machinations in this and other strikes in a deliberate effort to wreck the capitalist economy. He points out the infiltration of Communists into the trade unions of the world. In one of his pamphlets Lenin wrote that Communists must to any and every and even resort to all sorts of and illegal to evasions and only so as to get into the trade to remain in them and to carry on Communist work within them at all It would be sad if this fear brought on any witch-hunting in unions. One shudders to think what the condition of the worker would be today without unions and the power of strike action. It curdles the blood to read a book like by Robert Crichton and know that this ghastly savagery was perpetrated not only on Scottish miners. A study of the horrors of violence from 1910 to 1915 in American industry makes the strongest stomach vomit. Indeed as Max Lerner points out in America as a a streak of violence runs through American labor history in the Homestead steel the Pullman railroad the copper mine textile automobile the Herrin massacre in and the Little Steel massacre of 1937. In the the New Deal of Roosevelt brought in a new deal for the unions. Intellectuals and social workers became active in the a new concept of minimum wage and social security laws was worked into the labor and the trade union movement became associated with politics. While the fight for shorter hours and higher wages went the labor emphasis changed to fringe dental and pensions. Only through labor unions has the worker found dignity. Nevertheless the old time attitude in trade union leadership still a siege mentality where the unions felt they were fighting the the the company executives and their hired the farmers and even the churches. Many workers who join unions today are disillusioned finding the ideas of unions outmoded and the leaders with frozen minus. More is the fact that as unions have increased in power they have not increased in a sense of social responsibility. Thus Charles Lindblom contends that while the market mechanism may impose some limit on the upward spiral of wages forces price inflation or drives marginal producers out of the market into unemployment. In an article in May's issue of Macleans Ed who strongly supports unions while seeing their says that most workers join a union to improve their working not to help build a better society A graph could be he to show that the worker's consciousness declines proportionately as his wages A crucial is that consumer interest is not represented at the bargaining table. The the surely have a right to but are the helpless victims of the corporation or employer and union. Sewage workers may strike and the effluent discharged into rivers becomes increasingly contaminated. In the garbage strike in garbage collected at- the rate of tons daily with the consequent health risk from spreading and gastro-enteritis. This morning's newspaper carries threats of a police a strike by dairy employees which will result in a loss to dairy farmers of million a week and of million to the dairy industry weekly. Approximately quarts a day or 4.2 million quarts a week would have to be dumped. A nurses' strike with all its obvious hazards is threatened. A construction strike is under way. In a recent elevator strike workers would take up furniture for a but refused to carry apartment dwellers or furniture movers. It must have given the men who operated the elevators a tidy sum. There is little justice to the wage structure. Powerful and strategic unions like plumbers and carpenters force their wages up to astronomical heights with little or no interest in the millions who are brutally underpaid. In all the cities there is a tragic economic living in caught in the increase of lacking skilly exposed to the first victims of and facing old age with bleak anguish. The plea of David Lewis for more equitable distribution of wages and a concern for the underpaid has met with ridicule. There seems to be little sense of ethical obligation on the part of employer or worker. Both employer and worker oppose compulsory legal but neither has a sense of responsibility to the public. Yet they could destroy society will. SATURDAY TALK Norman Smith Pollution of the spirit Soop is harder on the Indian chief than the American master diplomat in this Treaty No. 7 comment. Indians are currently arguing over how to divide the ammunition money they won in a court settlement. Two distinguished each with a philosophic but acute turn of and each a former recently told the national gathering of The Canadian Press of their concern at. the state of the minds and hearts of Americans and Canadians. One was Harrison Pulitzer prize winning executive of the New York Times and long a foremost political correspondent at home and abroad. The other was Jules reporter-turned-diplomat now blending those talents as governor-general. Salisbury spoke of Watergate in the broad context of how it could happen. Leger spoke the next day of the broader phenomenon of a prosperous and fortunate Canada losing its way in dissension and disenchantment. It was remarkable how similar was the anxiety both these reporters revealed. said was but the latest symptom of a breaking down of responsibility and faith which has marked the Vietnam school race and general economic stability for 15 years. Not since the Civil War had the American people been at such odds with one another. The uprising was against all and all this churning around was now centering on government and the White House. Americans had come to the conviction that something was that the country's way of life and government did not fit the pattern that the founding fathers had in mind. The people had about come to the point where they were unwilling to place much faith in any institution. It was understandable that the credibility of the press should also have become weakened in all Salisbury for it too had its extremes. But it should be remembered that it was the despite government injunctions against that revealed the wrongs of the Pentagon papers and it was the press that first exposed the nefarious aspects of though again against a running serial of official denials and charges of abuse of the freedom of the press. Salisbury stressed that the basic responsibility for seeing to the full exposure and correction of Watergate must lie with the due processes of with Congress and the courts. The heart of public anxiety was the lack of assurance that White Congress and courts would between them accomplish that. The public was wary of all politicians now. It was an ''astounding that President Nixon should have had to say ''I am not a who has been in many foreign lands at times of said that in a less stable and strong country than the United States the depth and breadth of discontent there now could erupt in a revolutionary coup- Canadian newspapermen mulling over Salisbury's grave disquiet and its relation to Canada heard their uneasiness confirmed by the governor-general in words whose restraint were given weight by the intensely sincere way he uttered them. are now moving into a stage of indifference psychologists are calling it disaffection and others alienation. It is found in the universities and the what is the malaise is contagious it is no longer a product of national circumstances but crosses frontiers and spans continents. Mr. Leger declared that youth shares this indifference but did not go on as orators do to say that youth would of course come through all right in the end. that youth faced two alternative leading to existential an acceptance existence with neither rhyme nor the other leading to a metaphysical a religious As Salisbury had told of an American society reeling in cynicism so too did Mr. Leger. and he wondered about the role of the press in that for thanks to North America's arsenal of means of communications we have generally reached a saturation point in our ability to absorb information. Nothing human or inhuman escapes notice Our judgments have weakened under the weight of the chaos of the world as we witness it every day. Our criUcapfaculties have become dulled. This is a phenomenon comparable to that of the soldier who grows accustomed to the deaths of his comrades during an we he asked the the risk of continuing the verbal pollution of the spirit even as we mobilize all our resources to combat the pollution of our Neither the excessive noise nor the excessive light enable us to hear better or see better on the they deafen and blind us. The same is true for our which are becoming dulled from a surfeit of excessive and sustained ;