ERIC Number: ED345926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Fort McPherson: A Community Study.
Benyk, Pearl, Ed.
This booklet provides reference materials for teachers of social studies in the Northwest Territories (Canada). The information was gathered during workshops attended by elders, community representatives, and teachers from the region. A section on the environment describes the geography of the area around Fort McPherson on the McKenzie River and local mammals, birds, fish, and plants important to Native peoples. The section on camp life describes the daily life and seasonal activities of the Loucheux (a Dene people), including their seasonal migrations for fishing, hunting, trapping, and trading; housing; food and food preparation; transportation; clothing and adornment; hunting, trapping, and fishing practices; traditional age and sex roles; traditional values, government, and medicine; and games, holidays, and entertainment. Sections on history discuss trading contacts and conflicts between Dene groups and the Inuit; early White explorers; dealings between Native peoples and fur traders and the Hudson's Bay Company; early missionaries; effects of the Yukon gold rush; river traffic; education from the missionary era to the present; influenza epidemics; treaties; and centennial celebrations in 1970. The section on modern life describes the local education authority, tribal councils, territorial government, services from the federal government, and Fort McPherson businesses and organizations. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northwest Territories Dept. of Education, Yellowknife.
Identifiers: Arctic; Loucheux (Tribe); Northwest Territories (Fort McPherson)
Note: The many photographs may copy marginally.