The stories and legends in this book were identified by Elders from all four Tłı̨chǫ communities through a project spearheaded by the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency Education Department.
Stories & Legends
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.
“Yamǫǫ̀zha is noted for making the land safe for the people to travel. Known as the “great Traveller’, he dedicated his life to making the laws and setting the world right for the people and animals to live in together. He transcends the time between the old and the new worlds.” from the PWNHC website.
Yamǫǫ̀zha established the Dene Laws.
The Tłįchǫ Government held the first Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 14th at the Behchoko Culture Centre to celebrate 28 deserving recipients.
Out of the 28 recipients, nine were nominated for their accomplishments as Individuals and Tłı̨chǫ Way of Life.
Chief Executive Council also recognized nineteen individuals from 1992 to 2005 who were on the negotiating team, chiefs and elders for their dedication to the formation of the Tłįchǫ Land Claims and Self-government Agreement.
Each recipient received a certificate and Tłįchǫ Government award metal.
Wha Dǫ Ehtǫ K'è (Trails of Our Ancestors) - On July 29, 1995 five 22-foot canoes left Behchoko following the trails of their ancestors, retracing the river routes, visiting camp sites and villages where people lived through the ages.
1998 Trails of Ancestors - Behchoko to Whati. It was a learning and growing experience. students and teachers saw their roles reversed. Elders passed on their wealth of knowledge, and also learn more about the Tlicho youth who would be leaders in the future.
Read the Trails of our Ancestors: Whati Trail in PDF, includes photos, maps, and oral history along the map route taken.