Book details

Publication date: July 2019
Features: 7 B&W photographs, glossary, genealogy
Keywords: Indigenous Studies / Oral History
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies / Oral History, HISTORY / Native American, HISTORY / Polar Regions, Indigenous Studies / Oral History, History of the Americas, History of specific lands, Indigenous Studies, Oral History, Indigenous Authors, Arctic
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Alana Fletcher received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her doctoral work on the community of Déline, which she completed at Queen’s University. Johnny’s son, Morris Neyelle, is a residential school survivor and a sub-chief on the Déline band council.

"[Johnny Neyelle's] recorded stories were meticulously translated by his son Morris Neyelle and editor Alana Fletcher to blossom into this beautiful memoire, which is truly a guide to being... An invaluable road map, a gift from Johnny Neyelle that will help guide the people of Denedeh and everyone else to a positive life."

Deborah Shatz, Alberta Native News

"The stories were told in Sahtúot’įnę Yatı̨́ and recorded on tape, and then transcribed and translated collaboratively by Morris Neyelle and Fletcher. Interspersed through both sections [of stories] are photos of the Neyelle family, and at the end are a family genealogy and a glossary.... The afterword, on the editing process, is an important part of understanding the translation and redaction methods used in creating this collection." [Full review at]

Jasmine Spencer, Canadian Literature

"I am in awe of what you are holding and witnessing with The Man Who Lived with a Giant. Reminiscent of George Blondin's When the World was New and Trail of the Spirit, this book is not only a treasure for the people of Denendeh, it is a garden of renewal for the world to learn from."

Richard Van Camp, Writer

"Johnny’s traditional and life stories are nothing short of exquisite, offering an important window into Dene traditions and history. What a find!"

Ruth DyckFehderau, Writer, The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree

vii Preface
xi Introduction
xi The Sahtu Dene
xii Telling My Dad’s Story Morris Neyelle
xiii Story and Dene Philosophy Johnny Neyelle
I Sacred and Traditional Stories
3 The Man Who Lived with a Giant
9 Bone Grease from the Sky: How the Animals Became Fat
13 Doo-roo-tseh, the Medicine Man
17 Kidnapped Woman Escapes
27 A Man and His Mother Turn to Cannibalism
31 Ia’eh, the Evil Strong Medicine Man
37 Tł’o-k’áe-tee, the Medicine Man
41 Yamorehya, the One Who Walked the World
59 Yamogah and Ayonia

II Oral Histories from the Life of Johnny Neyelle
69 Life with My Parents, Jacque Neyelle and Marie Kotoyeneh
81 Trapping with My Father
89 Jacque Neyelle’s Story
95 A Trip to Mackenzie Mountain
101 The Dream, 1940s
105 Advice from My Parents
111 The Hunt to Whiskeyjack Point
115 Tragedies of the Past
117 Epilogue: Goodbye to Johnny Morris Neyelle
121 Afterword: The Editing Process
125 Genealogy of the Extended Neyelle Family
137 Glossary of North Slavey Words
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