ERIC Number: ED335204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The Book of Dene.
Northwest Territories Dept. of Education, Yellowknife.
This book contains the traditional tales and beliefs of the Chippewa, Dogrib, Slavey, and Loucheux peoples. These histories and traditions were spoken to a priest named Emile Petitot (1838-1916) who wrote the words down in the Dene language. This edition was translated from the French and compared with versions in the original tongues by the Northwest Territories Department of Education. Contents include origin myths about creation, the first man and woman, the naming of animals, a great flood and the repopulation of the earth afterward, the multiplication of language, tribal origins, the discovery of copper, the first canoe and sailor, and the first war. Other tales concern wars with the Eskimos and other enemies, the coming of the French, and appropriate social or ritual behaviors. (SV)
Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Territories Dept. of Education, Yellowknife.