Book details

Publication date: December 2020
Features: 24 B&W photographs, 3 maps, appendix, reading list, bibliography, index
Keywords: Indigenous teaching, first-hand account, traditional knowledge, fundamental virtues, testament of self-determination, identity, Caribou people, historical accounts, land, spirituality, cross-cultural understanding, Dene, North, oral tradition
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Native American & Aboriginal, Indigenous peoples, Social & cultural anthropology, Biography: general, Indigenous Studies / Traditional Knowledge / Oral History, Indigenous teaching, first-hand account, traditional knowledge, fundamental virtues, testament of self-determination, identity, Caribou people, historical accounts, land, spirituality, cross-cultural understanding, Dene, North, oral tradition, Indigenous Authors, Biography, Anthropology, Arctic
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Leslie McCartney is a cultural anthropologist specializing in oral history. She is an Associate Professor and the Curator of Oral History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Gwich’in Tribal Council is an Indigenous land claim organization responsible for protecting and advancing the interests of the Gwich’in peoples of the Gwich’in Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, Canada.

"[Elders] recall the sound of sled dogs galloping through the snow, the blue gleam of moonlight in winter and smell of fresh caribou steaks drying on spruce boughs…. Their stories are chronicled in Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed, a big, beautiful volume. It is warm and human." [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-moonlight-and-fresh-caribou/]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter


“I can easily anticipate that this book will be used in an education setting by the nation…. It will also be of interest to anyone interested in the Gwich’in nation, Gwich’in history, and colonialism in the Arctic. Given the rapid pace of change in the last century or so, quite often the histories provided by the Elders document a huge part of the history of colonization in the North, with many of the Elders in question being amongst the last generations to live for at least part of their life without significant outside influence or change.” [Full article at https://ormsbyreview.com/2021/04/05/1086-sims-mccartney-gwichin/]

Daniel Sims, The Ormsby Review

"This book captures the joys and struggles of individual Gwich'in women and men who came of age in the first decades of the twentieth century. Their stories convey, with great emotion and poignancy, the extraordinary corpus of skills and knowledge required in not only surviving but thriving in a northern environment."

Robert Jarvenpa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, SUNY Albany


"This book is a valuable and important collection of Gwich’in Elders’ life stories that adds much to the growing literature focused on Indigenous narratives, rarely heard in Canada."

Thomas D. Andrews, Adjunct Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan

Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction xv
1 | Sarah (Stewart) Simon, cm 1
2 | Sarah (Mitchell) Bonnetplume 63
3 | Hyacinthe Andre 71
4 | Annie (Koe) Benoit 121
5 | Joan (Husky) Ross Nazon 139
6 | Violet Therese (Cardinal) Jerome 177
7 | Mary Rose (Koe) Kendi 181
8 | Sarah Ann (Firth) Gardlund 247
9 | Peter Kay Sr. 269
10 | Catherine Martha (Stewart) Mitchell 285
11 | Lydia (Vittrekwa Vaneltsi Neyando) Alexie Elias 315
12 | Elizabeth (Bonnetplume) Greenland 337
13 | Ellen Catherine (Wilson) Vittrekwa 359
14 | Eunice (Gà’ahdoh) Mitchell 365
15 | Alfred Semple 401
16 | Annie (Niditchie) Moses Norbert 441
17 | Pierre Benoit 455
18 | Jim Julius Vittrekwa 489
19 | Antoine Andre 503
20 | Marka (Andre) Bullock 547
21 | Mary Martha (Robert) Firth 571
22 | Ruby Anne (Stewart) McLeod 581
23 | Caroline (Kendo) Andre 599
24 | Marie Therese Remy-Sawyer 617
25 | Listen to What I’m Saying 621
Appendix: Transcribing and (Re)Constructing the Elders’ Stories 639
Further Reading 655
Endnotes 659
Index 669
ISBNs: 9781772124828 978-1-77212-482-8 Title: our whole gwichin way of life has changed / gwichin kyuu gwiidandai tthak ejuk goonlih ISBNs: 9781772125399 978-1-77212-539-9 Title: our whole gwichin way of life has changed / gwichin kyuu gwiidandai tthak ejuk goonlih