Publish in Up Here Magazine - January 2015 Issue.  Written by Roger Brunt.

I'd left Yellowknife well-outfitted, lots of gas and supplies lashed down in my freighter canoe, just before fall one day in the early 1970s. The outboard motor was running well, and with any luck I figured I’d be...

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Listen to the Dogrib Tea Dance songs recorded in Rae at Treaty time in 1962, by the anthropologist June Helm and Nancy O. Lurie.

Helm eyıts'ǫ Lurıe edlatlǫ xo ts'ǫ̀ Bechekǫ̀ eyıts'ǫ Whahtı̀ (Tsǫ̀ǫ̀tı̀ wııyeh ı̨̀le) ełexè eghàlagı̨̀nda ı̨̀lè. Sǫmba naàzhe ekı̀yeh, Helm nı̨htł...

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In the canoe - the men are Harry Wedawin and Jim Drybones with the poles, and Philip Nitsiza at the kicker. Mary Rose (Mrs Isadore), Charlot and baby Leo are in the middle.


CREDIT: NWT Archives/June Helm fonds/N-2003-037: 0348


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Faraud Hospital in Fort Rae (Behchokǫ̀) was opened from 1936 until August 1974.  Named after Father Henri Faraud a priest and later Bishop from 1862-1889. 

Page 5 of The Capsule. Vol. 7, No. 2 - Summer 1979 Newsletter of the Northwest Territories Hospital Association


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Harry Sımpson dechı̨ta deèzhǫ, nàzè, łıwe k’alawo eyıts’ǫ edzoò k’ele ı̨̀le. Wekǫ̀ta gha ası̀ı łǫ k’e wheda ı̨lè eyıts’ǫ Tłı̨chǫ gha ndè ghǫ neyàetı eyıts’ǫ whacho ndèts’ǫ̀ k’aòwo gı̨lı̨ gha ǫhdaà dehkw’e sıı xè ɂaı̀t’ı̨ ı̨̀le.

Harry Chekoa elı̨ hò, ǫhdaà whaèdǫ...

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

One of the PWNHC’s first virtual exhibits was based on her 1962 recordings of the Dogrib (Tlı̨chǫ) Tea Dance in partnership with other legendary... Read more

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...

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On August 22, 1921, Chief Monfwi, representing all Tlicho, signed Treaty 11 with Canada. The Treaty promised to give the Tlicho annual payments and services, like medical care, education and old age care. In exchange, Canada would get title to the land, and would be free to allow gas and mineral...

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This bag is made from calf moose skin, sewn with sinew and lined with cotton fabric. A smoked, tanned moose hide collar holds a drawstring to pull the bag shut. This kind of bag is often called a meat bag as it was used to carry dry meat to eat while travelling and working on the land.  It was...

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This Tłı̨chǫ  landscape is known intimately to Tłı̨chǫ  Elders. Trails, which are used year-round, provide access to a vast harvesting region, and link thousands of place names, each with a narrative of some form, sometimes many, inextricably bound to the place. Names and narratives...

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