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George Blondin

George Blondin (1923-2008), a highly-respected Dene Elder, was born in the Northwest Territories. His many accomplishments include working as a wilderness guide, writer, miner, and trapper, as well as serving as Vice President of the Dene Nation. In 1989, he was elected Chairman of the Denendah Elder's Council. He also worked with the Dene Cultural Institution and wrote articles for local newspapers. In 1990, George Blondin was the recipient of the Ross Charles Award for Native journalism and, in 2003, was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Blondin is best known for collecting and sharing the stories of his people so that future generations of Dene would not forget their stories. In his books he describes medicine heroes, hunters and healers, as well as the history of the Blondin family. As Blondin explains, "The people of Denendeh have a complete history of themselves from very ancient times told in the stories they have passed down for countless generations."

His first book, When the World Was New, was published by Outcrop, a northern publisher, in 1990. Yamoria the Law Maker (1997), is a collection of stories focusing on Yamoria, the great medicine man. This was followed by Trail of the Spirit: The Mysteries of Dene Medicine Power Revealed, published in 2006.

Trail of the Spirit: The Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene;

In this new collection of stories, Dene Elder George Blondin defines medicine power, a gift from the Creator for the Dene way of life. Although medicine power has existed since before time began, here Blondin focuses on the past two hundred years, to show how it has shaped the Dene culture.

Blondin explains the differences between the medicine power that some are lucky enough to be born with, and the medicine power that some receive after birth or are taught by other medicine power people. This collection of stories and examples of Dene individuals who lived throughout history shows that there is a danger of losing the longstanding tradition of medicine power. Although this power can be used for both creation and destruction, it must be preserved as a vital element of the Dene way of life.

In The Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed, Blondin is our storyteller—bringing medicine power to life with true stories from Dene history. Blondin explains medicine power clearly, and brings a better understanding of this extraordinary phenomenon into the world.

Suggested Grades: 9-12
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The Legend of the Caribou Boy
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Tlicho (Dogrib);
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

A young boy is having trouble sleeping at night. He is being called to fulfill his destiny, a destiny which lives on today in the traditions and culture of the Dene people and their relationship to the caribou and the land on which they live. Bilingual - English and Dogrib.

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The Old Man with the Otter Medicine
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Tlicho (Dogrib);
Grade Levels: 2; 3;

It is winter and the people are starving. There is not fish. They must seek the help of a medicine man to save them. The 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. Bilingual - English and Dogrib. CD included.

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