Written by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe and Mindy Willett.
Photographs by Tessa Macintosh.
Published by Fifth House Ltd., 2009.
|In Living Stories, Therese Zoe translates the
stories and traditional wisdom of Tlicho Elders Philip Zoe and Elizabeth
Chocolate. Therese Zoe is a Tlicho woman from Gamèti in the Northwest
Territories. She is a community health representative, a mother and
grandmother, as well as a champion of ancestral skills and
Therese shares her love for her community and translates the sacred stories and traditional wisdom of her brother-in-law, Philip Zoe, and his sister, Elizabeth Chocolate. As Therese writes, "You might look at our lands and think they are empty, but we do not go hungry. The land gives us our food and our shelter. It holds our stories and our histories. It gives us everything we need."
Some of the stories Philip relates in this book have never been written down before his versions of sacred stories are a gift to young readers across Canada, to be used wisely. The Tlicho Nation was the first in the Northwest Territories to gain self-government. With Elders such as Philip and Elizabeth passing along their traditional wisdom to the young, as well as knowledge gained since the Tlicho first encountered European peoples, the Tlicho are showing how they are, "strong like two people."
Join Tlicho young people, Shelinda, Forest, and Bradley, as they learn about making dry-fish, bows and arrows, and birch-bark baskets; the practices of old-time healers; as well as the sacred stories that tell the history of the Tlicho people.
Living Stories 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 Caribou Feed Our Soul (Æétthén betá dághíddá)
The Delta is My Home (Ehdiitat shanakat t'agoonch'uu Uvanga Nunatarmuitmi aimayuaqtunga)
We Feel Good Out Here (Zhik gwaa'an, nakhwatthaiitat gwiinzii)
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