Maintaining the Dene storytelling tradition of passing along the teachings to their children, John Blondin relayed the story of The Old Man with the Otter Medicine as he heard it from his father, George Blondin a respected Elder and storyteller. Now written down in dual language the legend is passed on to you. Discover one small part of Dene history and the lessons that have been passed on for generations.
It is winter and the people are starving. There are no fish. They must seek the help of a medicine man to save them. The Old Man with the Otter Medicine tells of medicine power, the struggle for survival and an important part of the history and culture of the Dene people as it has been passed down through stories and legends for generations.
The multimedia CD included allows readers to hear and see the Dogrib legend in Dogrib or English on a Mac or PC computer, or insert it into a CD player to listen to the story in either language.
George Blondin is a Dene Elder who was born in 1923 in the Northwest Territories. He has been a wilderness guide, a miner, a trapper, Vice President of the Dene Nation, and in 1989 was elected chairman of the Denendah Elders Council. He now works parttime with the Dene Cultural Institution and writes articles for local newspapers. In 1990, Mr. Blondin was the recipient of the annual Ross Charles award for native journalism. He is the author of When the World Was New and Yamoria the Lawmaker.
Archie Beaverho was born in Wha Ti in 1965. He is an accomplished painter and cartoonist whose understanding of his culture is reflected in his work. Archie still lives in Wha Tia and currently works at Diavik Mines.
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