On June 15, 2015 the family of the late Kay Shepherd presented a unique piece of Inuit art to Lloydminster Public Library in memory of their mother.
Called "Shaman / Drummer" the piece was created by Jimmy Jacobson in 1985. The main body is crafted from whalebone and sealskin while the owl is crafted from caribou bone.
Sealskin and wood are used for the drum and drumstick. The artwork stands 30” high and weighs almost 80 pounds. It was acquired by Kay Shepherd in 1987.
Kathleen M. “Kay” Shepherd was born in Regina in 1912 and raised from an early age in Lloydminster.
The eldest daughter of O.C. and Helen Yates was a long time resident of the Border City. Her father, station agent for the CPR had an interest in the geological formations of the area, an interest that led him to a key role in the establishment of the Lloydminster Gas Company and the drilling of the first oil and gas well in the area.
After completing her B.Sc. in Home Economics at MacDonald College - McGill University Kay interned at Vancouver General Hospital and worked as a Dietician, mainly in Saskatchewan.
Kay married Gordon R. “Shep” Shepherd in 1948 and settled in Lloydminster where they raised their three children (son Brian and daughters Marlene and Linda.
With strong ties to the community, Kay was involved with the Homemaker’s Association, the Music Festival and the Rotary Club. Her interests were varied, among them, travel, bridge, soccer, gardening and ballet. She collected Inuit art in her travels to the North and was passionate about Inuit culture.
Kay was a voracious reader and a life long patron and supporter of the Lloydminster Public Library. Kay's family presented “Shaman / Drummer” from Kay's collection of Inuit art to the Library in memory of their mother after her death in 2012.
Jimmy (Mimurana) Jacobson was born in 1925 in Baillie Island off the north coast of Cape Bathurst in the Northwest Territories.
His parents were Fred Jacobson and Vera Kigyun. His mother was from Kittigaryuit.
His father was a Russian who came with one of the whaling ships which became stranded at Baillie Island. His name was originally Alexander but he changed it when he became a Canadian citizen. Jimmy's parents had twelve children.
Jimmy was adopted by Nellie Eyakuk and Philip Nauyak. There were four children in the family.
Until the death of his adopted parents during the big epidemic of 1928, Jimmy lived at Herschel Island where Nauyak was a hunter for the RCMP. They also lived at Niaqulik.
Jimmy spent five years at the residential school in Hay River. He then went to Baklava where he was taken back by his real father. He stayed with the Jacobson family for a few years. J
Jimmy was married to Bella Williams and they raised twelve children. They lived in Tuktoyaktuk. Jimmy died in 1996