At the Heart of It: Dene Dzo T'Are (Hardcover)

At the Heart of It: Dene Dzo T'Are By Mindy Willett, Raymond Taniton, Tessa Macintosh (Photographer) Cover Image
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This is book number 7 in the Land Is Our Storybook series.


Raymond Taniton is Sahtugot'ine, which means "people from the Sahtu or Great Bear Lake." He lives in Deline, Northwest Territories, on the shore of Sahtu, Canada's largest and most pristine lake. Raymond, former chief, is one of his community's many gifted leaders. In At the Heart of It, the seventh book in The Land is Our Storybook series, Raymond shows readers how to make a traditional Dene drum with the help of his father, Alfred, who is a leader and the "keeper of the drum." Raymond shares the importance of keeping traditions alive to maintaining a healthy community. He also introduces readers to Dene spiritual, political, and traditional leaders and explains why Deline is a leader in the NWT in terms of healthy places, people, and land. Sahtugot'ine have never given up their right and responsibility to look after and govern themselves. Join Raymond and find out what is at the heart of the rich history of the Sahtugot'ine.

About the Author

Mindy Willett is an educator from Yellowknife, NWT. This is the seventh book she has co-authored in The Land is Our Storybook series. Raymond Taniton is Dene from Great Bear Lake. He has worked his entire life for the betterment of his people. He was chief of Deline and grand chief of the Sahtu Dene. As a long-standing member of the Protected Areas Strategy Committee, Raymond worked with others to see two peninsulas on Great Bear Lake, Sahoyue and ehdacho, become permanently protected by Parks Canada. Tessa Macintosh is an award-winning northern photographer who raised her family in Yellowknife. Her photos illustrate 6 other books in The Land is Our Storybook series, and her work is included in Canadian Shield (2011). Tessa loves to float a canoe on Great Slave Lake as the full heat of the long summer sun builds.

Praise For…

"A valuable introduction to an endangered culture." -- Booklist "These are positive portraits of northern family life and of child life, cheerful and appealing as well as educational. " -- The Toronto Star "Replete with sharp and attractive full-color photographs…These titles provide some useful information for reports and are interesting additions for general reading. " -- School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781897252697
ISBN-10: 1897252692
Publisher: Fifth House Publishers
Publication Date: October 26th, 2011
Pages: 26
Language: English
Series: Land Is Our Storybook