Traditional Knowledge of Behchoko

Mǫwhì’s father, Ewaàghoa, was the first person to build a house at Behchokǫ̀. In the past, Tłı̨chǫ used to live at Nı˛hshìì (Old Fort Rae), an area on the shores of Great Slave Lake. There remain many gravesites and old houses at Old Fort Rae. Because of the challenges of travelling on Great Slave Lake, many Tłı̨chǫ people decided to move to Behchokǫ̀ because it is good area for fish. It was kweèka (a rocky place), making it a good landscape to build houses.


The Sliding Hill. A person slides down using spruce bough only and when you slide right to the bottom of the hill you live a long life. However, when you slide towards the side the trail, you will have short life.  


Walk in Cave. Back in legend time, this place used to be a beaver lodge medicine place. When it opened, two people went in there, one tlicho man and one chipewyan women. The Cave closed behind them and turned to a big hill.


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