Kathleen Ann Connelly Kipp is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Northern Montana. She resides on a working cattle ranch north of Browning with her husband, Joe Kipp. Kathleen has been teaching elementary students for the past thirty years. She has also been co – director of the Montana Writing Project Summer Institute at the Browning site. In her younger years, Kathy competed at rodeos and was a seven time Indian world champion barrel racer. Kathy and Joe have four children; Tim, Max, Kristen, and Moriah.
Kathy’s husband, Joe, is a fourth generation survivor of the Bear River (Marias River) Massacre. His great grandfather, Takes Gun At Night, was eleven years old when he ran for his life up the steep icy coulee from the Bear River Camp. The U.S. Army had fired into the teepees of sleeping, sickly children, women, and elderly men. The able bodied men were out hunting in the Sweet Grass Hills.
Berry Boy is based on her son, Max. When out gathering berries, she would carry him on her back and he would stuff berries in his mouth. Her other son, Tim, would help pick berries for awhile; then he would climb trees. He was always generous. When his grandpa would come to visit, Tim would give away the berries. Kathy’s Indian name is Calf Woman. She still goes out picking berries with her two daughters, Kristen and Moriah. Kathy and Joe both enjoy hunting and work together taking flyfishing clients to the lakes and streams on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Moriah Ann Kipp is Kathy’s youngest daughter. She loves to sing, draw, read and ride horses. She graduated from Browning High School in 2009.