1990 Flip Book ~ Elijah Harper Says No / Dit Non

Robideau, Henri. Elijah Harper Says No / Dit Non. Self published. August 5, 1990. Flip-book, 2.25 inches x 2.75 inches, must be assembled. Originally distributed as a single sheet of stiff 8.5 x 11 inch card, with 16 images taken from television screen shots of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Public Domain. Not for sale, freely distributed.

March 3, 1949 – May 17, 2013

Elijah Harper has passed from us at the age of 64, too young. The Elijah Harper flip book is made available here to commemorate his dedication to his people and his historical contribution to Canada.

On June 12, 1990, Elijah Harper's simple "NO" in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly changed the course of Canadian history, putting an end to the Meech Lake Accord.

Now you can revisit this momentous occasion over and over again thanks to the little flip book Elijah Haper Says No / Dit Non.

Make as many copies of Elijah Harper Says No / Dit Non as you like. They are small but carry a powerful message. They fit nicely inside a medicine pouch, don't need batteries, never get in the way, even out on the trap-line or just having fun at a pow-wow. Send them to your friends or to your Territorial, Provincial or Federal representatives– Brian Mulroney especially loves receiving copies.

This little portable movie was conceived as a response to the invasion and siege of Kanesatake by the Sûreté du Québec which began on July 11, 1990 and became known as the Golf Crisis in Québec or simply named the Oka Crisis by main stream media. The first 100 copies were distributed at the July 29, 1990, Kanesatake rally at which Elijah Harper was one of many speakers addressing a crowd of  Indigenous and non Indigenous people who had come from all over the world supporting the besieged Mohawks.

Thanks to Hunkpapa Lakota artist Dana Claxton, the Elijah Harper flip book was included in the "influences" portion of her massive Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Dana Claxton: Fringing The Cube, which ran from October 27, 2018 to February 3, 2019. A copy of the filp book was displayed on a tiny plinth and above it the GIF file ran continuously on a video monitor.