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People of the Lakes

Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich'in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach'anjoo Van Tat Gwich'in

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People of the Lakes by Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
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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.

Author Biography

The Van Tat Gwich'in provided the guidance and translation for this book, and Gwich'in Elders shared their knowledge and were the impetus. Shirleen Smith lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Alberta.
Release date Australia
January 12th, 2010
Country of Publication
Canada
Imprint
University of Alberta Press
Pages
456
Dimensions
191x254x32
ISBN-13
9780888645050
Product ID
3603147

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