People of the Lakes

Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich’in


People of the Lakes

Many people have a mental picture of the Canadian north that juxtaposes beauty with harshness. For the Van Tat Gwich'in, the northern Yukon is home, with a living history passed on from elders to youth. This book consists of oral accounts that the Elders have been recording for 50 years, representing more than 150 years of their history, all meticulously translated from Gwich'in. Yet this is more than a gathering of history; collaborator Shirleen Smith provides context for the stories, whether they are focused on an individual or international politics. Anthropologists, folklorists, ethnohistorians, political scientists, economists, members of First Nations, and readers interested in Canada's northernmost regions will find much to fascinate them.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Contents 6
Foreword | Linklater 8
Preface 12
Acknowledgements 22
Introduction: Van Tat Gwich'in Oral History 26
1 Long-ago Stories / Yeenoo dài’ googwandak 64
2 The First Generation: The 19th Century 122
3 The Second Generation: The Early 20th Century 220
4 The Oral History of Today: Van Tat Gwich’in Commentary on the Past, Present, and Future 328
Notes 376
Glossary 388
Gwich'in to English 389
English to Gwich'in 402
Bibliography 418
Index 428