Harry Rusk

Biography of country musician Harry Rusk, the first aboriginal person to appear on the Grand Ole Opry.

Harry Rusk was born to Edward and Mary Etsuka on July 5, 1937 on a trap line near Fort Nelson, British Columbia and grew up in the tiny hamlet of Kahntah – Slavery First Nation Hamlet. He attended a one-room school in Fort Nelson, but at the age of 12, he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to The Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton where he stayed from 1949 to 1953. Harry thought he was there to die as his father and brother had already succumbed to the disease. His brother died when Harry was 3 and his father when he was 6.