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The Caribou Feed Our Soul

The Caribou Feed Our Soul    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897252-67-3
Pages 26
Language English
Price $16.95
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Written by Pete Enzoe and Mindy Willett.
Photographs by Tessa Macintosh.
Published by Fifth House Ltd., 2010.


Pete Enzoe is Denésôliné (Chipewyan) from the community of Lutsël K’é, Northwest Territories. When he was growing up he spent a lot of time with his grandfather, Abele Nitah. His grandfather told him many stories about why and how animals got their shapes and about how their land was formed. Now Pete likes to tell the stories to his nephews. Even though things have changed, they've stayed the same, too. They used to use dogs to travel around. Now they use snow-machines. How he feels about the land hasn't changed and all that it provides; especially caribou. Caribou are everything to them.

In The Caribou Feed Our Soul, Pete takes readers on a respectful caribou harvest. Along the way, he shares creation stories about how his people are descendants of the caribou. He also describes the spiritual areas his community is trying to protect, including Thaidene Nene, which means "land of our ancestors." Pete's stories help the reader to understand the rich history of the Chipewyan Dene and their relationship with the caribou today.

The Caribou Feed Our Soul is part of Fifth House's The Land is Our Storybook series of books for children about the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Mindy Willett, an educational consultant and former teacher from Yellowknife, has worked with storytellers-Elders and cultural leaders-from ten regions in the territory to capture real stories of everyday life as it exists today. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in The Land Is Our Storybook series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the Northwest Territories, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North. The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

Attractively photographed and illustrated, this book is intended for Grades 4 – 8.

Other titles in the The Land is Our Storybook series:
The Delta is My Home (Ehdiitat shanakat t'agoonch'uu Uvanga Nunatarmuitmi aimayuaqtunga)
Living Stories (Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda)
We Feel Good Out Here (Zhik gwaa'an, nakhwatthaiitat gwiinzii)

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