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End-of-Earth People: The Arctic Sahtu Dene
Format: Paperback

Bern Will Brown, noted northern author, artist, photographer, and respected community leader living in Colville Lake, Northwest Territories, provides new insights and perspectives on the Sahtu Dene, the people referred to as the "Hareskin" in Alexander Mackenzie's 1793 journal. Having lived among them for over sixty years and as a speaker of their dialect, Brown is well positioned to provide an adventure in history and culture rooted in the Hareskin traditional way of life.

End-of-Earth People, his latest contribution and a valuable record of the North, is a portrait of a people Brown has come to know in ways that anthropologists and ethnologists can only envy.

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The Man Who Lived with a Giant: Stories from Johnny Neyelle, Dene Elder
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

Our parents always taught us well. They told us to look on the good side of life and to accept what has to happen. 

The Man Who Lived with a Giant presents traditional and personal stories told by Johnny Neyelle, a respected Dene storyteller and Elder from Déline, Northwest Territories. Johnny Neyelle used storytelling to teach Dene youth and others to understand and celebrate Dene traditions and identities. Johnny’s entertaining voice makes his stories accessible to readers young and old, and his wisdom reinforces the right way to live: in harmony with people and places. Storytelling forms the core of Dene knowledge-keeping. A volume dedicated to making Dene culture strong, The Man Who Lived with a Giant is a vital book for Dene readers, researchers working with Indigenous cultures and oral histories, and scholars preserving Elders’ stories. Even more, it is a book for the Dene people of today and tomorrow.

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152 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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When the Caribou Do Not Come: Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: University/College;

In the 1990s, news stories began to circulate about declining caribou populations in the North. Were caribou the canary in the coal mine for climate change, or did declining numbers reflect overharvesting by Indigenous hunters or failed attempts at scientific wildlife management?

Grounded in community-based research in northern Canada, a region in the forefront of co-management efforts, these collected stories and essays bring to the fore the insights of the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, and Sahtú, people for whom caribou stewardship has been a way of life for centuries. Anthropologists, historians, political scientists, ecologists, and sociologists join forces with elders and community leaders to discuss four themes: the cultural significance of caribou, caribou ecology, food security, and caribou management. Together, they bring to light past challenges and explore new opportunities for respecting northern communities, cultures, and economies and for refocusing caribou management on the knowledge, practices, and beliefs of northern Indigenous peoples.

Ultimately, When the Caribou Do Not Come drives home the important role that Indigenous knowledge must play in understanding, and coping with, our changing Arctic ecosystems and in building resilient, adaptive communities.

This collection is essential reading for multiple groups and interested parties – scientists, scholars, graduate students, wildlife managers, and members and leaders of Indigenous communities.


"This book shines a light on the diverse peoples who have come together to share their knowledge and build a new relationship in order to address the very real concern we all have for the wellness of caribou." -  Stephen Kakfwi, former premier of the Northwest Territories
"This is a fascinating volume with unusual breadth. Barren-ground caribou are one of the North’s most important biological and cultural resources. When the Caribou Do Not Come blends the perspectives of Indigenous and academic specialists and allows them to retain their own voice. The understandings of human-caribou interaction expressed in this book will lead researchers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous users, and wildlife managers to reflect on current and future practices."  - George Wenzel, cultural ecologist, Department of Geography, McGill University

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280 pages | 6.00" x 9.00" | 15 figures, 12 tables, 6 photos, 3 maps

Foreword / Fikret Berkes
Introduction / Brenda Parlee and Ken Caine
Part 1: Counting Caribou
1 From Tuktoyaktuk – Place of Caribou / Frank Pokiak
2 The Past Facing Forward: History and Caribou Management in Northern Canada / John Sandlos
3 Recounting Caribou / Brenda Parlee
4 Beyond the Harvest Study / Brenda Parlee, Natalie Zimmer, and Peter Boxall
Part 2: Understanding Caribou
5 We Are the People of the Caribou / Morris Neyelle
6 Harvesting in Dene Territory: The Connection of Ɂepę́ (Caribou) to the Culture and Identity of the Shúhtagot’ı̨nę / Leon Andrew
7 Dene Youth Perspectives: Learning Skills on the Land / Roger McMillan
Part 3: Food Security
8 Time, Effort, Practice, and Patience / Anne Marie Jackson
9 The Wage Economy and Caribou Harvesting / Zoe Todd and Brenda Parlee
10 Caribou and the Politics of Sharing / Tobi Jeans Maracle, Glenna Tetlichi, Norma Kassi, and David Natcher
Part 4: Governance and Management
11 Recollections of Caribou Use and Management / Robert Charlie
12 Ways We Respect Caribou: A Comparison of Rules and Rules-in-Use in the Management of the Porcupine Caribou / Kristine Wray
13 Letting the Leaders Pass: Barriers to Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Co-management as the Basis of Formal Hunting Regulations / Elisabeth Padilla and Gary P. Kofinas
14 Linking the Kitchen Table and Boardroom Table: Women in Caribou Management / Brenda Parlee, Kristine Wray, and Zoe Todd

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