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June Helm Ph.D.

In 1996, Helm was contacted by John Zoe, a Dogrib official, and Thomas Andrews, an archaeologist at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, located in Yellowknife, regarding artifacts which had been taken by a graduate student of the University of Iowa in 1894, Frank Russell. Helm assisted in the negotiations for repatriation of the artifacts, particularly a caribou skin tent, which had been too large to exhibit. The negotiations were successful, and the tent was returned to the Dogrib people.

Nancy (Oestreich) Lurie Ph.D.

Nancy O. Lurie, an esteemed anthropologist and advocate of indigenous North America, passed away this May 13, 2017 at the age of 93.

Nancy (Oestreich) Lurie Ph.D. Anthropologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin January 29, 1924, only child of Carl and Rayline (nee Danielson) Oestreich; passed away peacefully May 13, 2017.

Land Claims Agreement - Signed

The Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada signed the agreement on August 25, 2003

The historic Tłı̨chǫ Land Claims and Self-Government agreement was signed in Behchokǫ̀ on August 25, 2003, exactly 82 years after Chief Monfwi signed Treaty 11.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and many other dignitaries were on hand for the official signing of the Agreement.

Madeleine Zoe 1889 - 1993

Born Madeleine Ink’ayamo in the Behchokǫ̀ region on June 14, 1889.  On August 13, 1907, she married Benjamin Zoe, and had 11 children: Louis, Joseph, Veronique, Nicolas, Marie Adele, Sarah, Edward, Helen Margaret, Dora George, and Elizabeth. 
Madeline is remember for many reasons but in particular for being a hard working wife and mother. She did not know how to waste time. She was known to assist sick and dying people. She was a will know midwife. 
But most of all, she will be remembered for her strong faith and her wisdom.

Lion People gave her power to heal

1979 news article on Madeleine Rabesca of Behchokǫ̀ by Hubet Johnson.  

I was walking in the bush and all of a sudden I heard a loud roar. I looked around and saw a big lion and his long mane blowing in the wind...In a few seconds, the lion turned into a man, and a woman was standing behind him in the distance. They were dark-skinned people but not Indian...He said he only want to give mt he power to make people well... I don't know why he chose me.

Tłı̨chǫ Chimney Project

The Tłı̨chǫ Chimney Project was created by the partnership between the Tłı̨chǫ Government, De Beers Canada and the University of British Columbia. The goal of the project was to produce documentation that will assist in the future reconstruction/replication of a traditional  chimney by the Tłı̨chǫ people. 

Sinew - Kw'e is a strong, hard thread made of caribou.

Our ancestors have used sinew thread since the beginning of time and still use it to this day. People travelled long distances to hunt caribou for their muscle strip, which is the long, thick muscle from the back leg of the caribou that is made into sinew. The sinew is dried and woven by hand for many hours, then soaked in water to loosen the strip. Once loose, the strip is then woven by hand again for many hours. Once this is done, it is shredded into fine strips of thread and ready for sewing.

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