Congratulations to Jim!
From Char-koosta News (submitted there by the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee):
ST. IGNATIUS — On November 25, 2011 – her 89th birthday – Felicite “Jim” Sapiye Pierre McDonald officially retired from her position as Senior Translator and Cultural Advisor for the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee. She said she loved her job and wanted to keep working, but her age and health finally forced her to retire. She held the position for over 30 years.
Jim asked us – actually, “told us” – to keep this notice very brief, but we will say this: for Jim, this was always much more than a job. It is her life.
She is the model of a traditional scholar, someone who began with deep first-hand knowledge of the language and traditional way of life, but has never assumed she knew it all. Instead, she has constantly added to and honed her knowledge – most of all by listening, over and over, to the Culture Committee’s recorded oral histories.