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Vital Thomas

Vital Thomas passed the story of Yamozha and His Beaver Wife to June Helm, who spent much of her life studying the Dogrib people. Storytelling has been part of Dene life for centuries, and the story of Yamozha and His Beaver Wife is well known to the Dogrib people.

Yamozha and His Beaver Wife
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Tlicho (Dogrib);
Grade Levels: 3; 4;

Yamozha and His Beaver Wife is a story based upon an oral legend of the Dene people. Yamozha stories entertain but also teach and pass on knowledge. In this legend, Yamozha forgets his promise to his wife and as a result she turns into a giant beaver. He chases her all over Denedeh but is unable to catch her. This story tells of how this great medicine man shaped the land in the Dogrib region and surrounding areas into what it is today. Included in this book is a multimedia CD-ROM

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