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15 · Fonds · 1989, 1992

This fonds consists of 14 audio cassettes and 2 VHS videocassettes containing interviews with elders that resulted from the Snare Lake Education Committee's efforts to gather information for a handbook on cultural programming for use in the school. The elders interviewed during February 1992 were: Harry Kodzin, Margaret Lafferty, Marie Simpson, Jimmy Kodzin, Rosa Fish, Celine Wanazah, Rosa Pea'a, Alexis Arrowmaker, Madeline Judas, Louis Whane, Joe Pea'a, Roger Arrowmaker, Leonard Fish, Charlie Eyakfwo and Joe Dryneck. Activities and topics discussed include: Easter in the past, survival in the bush, making camp, Tlicho (Dogrib) food preparation, Tlicho (Dogrib) social life and customs, hunting and butchering caribou, traditional tools and constructing a drum. Some interviews with John Pea'a on cultural inclusion and religious instruction were conducted in 1989 and collected for this project.

Snare Lake Band Council

The records document the (Tlicho) Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge Project, which began in 1997 and was completed in 2000. The 73 slides are dated June 18, 1998 and document a Feeding the Fire ceremony that celebrated the return of Bear Lake Chief's Caribou Skin Lodge from the University of Iowa. The ceremony took place at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The images depict drumming, hand games, and the exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. In addition, there are electronic records in MS Word and Excel related to the project and the trip Tom Andrews, Archaeologist at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, took to Iowa and to the Smithsonian Institute. The remaining records document the construction of two replica lodges for display and educational purposes. This part of the project was completed in partnership with the Dogrib Community Services Board, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and Dogrib Treaty 11 Council. The are also electronic records in MS Word and Excel containing videotape logs and interview transcripts, as well as approximately 379 digital images documenting the Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge Project. The audio material consists of the narration for the video by Margaret Mackenzie. The remaining video and textual records consist of hard copies of the video narration script, video voice over scripts with annotations, transcripts of videotaped interviews with Adele Wedawin, Bernadette Williah, Edward and Melanie Weyallon and Joe and Mary Champlain, video logs for reels 1 through 30 which includes a description of the content of each reel, a web page transcript of the project, basic program layout for the Skin Tent Program, a script outline for the project and an overview of the Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge Project. The video material consists of 30 Betacam copies of raw footage of the Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge project, one Betacam master and two VHS copies entitled "The Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge," two VHS copies entitled "Return of the Tent" from the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, a VHS tape containing footage of a tipi ceremony that took place at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in September 1997, three VHS tapes containing unedited footage of the outdoor ceremony for the Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge and an interview with Tom Andrews about the project, a VHS tape from the University of Iowa entitled 1996 Powwow, a VHS tape of the program No Name Youth Show from October 19, 1998, produced by TVNC, containing footage from the tipi ceremony and one Betacam tape marked 'tea dance.'

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Culture, Heritage and Languages division. Archaeology section

The images document traditional food preparation techniques of the Inuvialuit, including the use of the drying rack at fish camps; Inuvialuit elders; as well as archaeological sites, such as burial sites, sod houses, and the corrals once used to herd reindeer. The images also document the archaeological excavation team and their own camps. Examples of scientific phenomena such as ice push and shoreline erosion are shown. In addition there are photographs of the DEW-Line, Tuktoyaktuk harbour, heritage sites, oil exploration and oil rigs at McKinley Bay, and artificial islands. Aerial photographs document wildlife, Mackenzie Delta communities, and geographic features such as pingoes. Caribou, swans, eider ducks, siksik (ground squirrel), the jellyfish of McKinley Bay and other wildlife are shown. Locations include Tuktoyaktuk, Reindeer Station, Anderson River, Whitefish Station, Stanton, Warren Point, Nicholson Point, Kittigazuit, Husky Lake, Wood Bay, and North Star Harbour. Specifically in Tuktoyaktuk, there are photographs of significant buildings used formerly or still being used. These include the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Mission Warehouse, 'Our Lady of Lourdes' (ship), the RCMP barracks, the Anglican Church, and the Hudson's Bay Company staff house.

The audio consists of interviews with elders from the Tuktoyaktuk region on various topics such as toponyms, hunting, and traditional life. The corresponding transcripts make up the 30 cm of textual records.

Video footage includes drum dancing, traditional food preperation and interviews with elders regarding tradtional place names.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Tuktoyaktuk Traditional Knowledge Project
346 · Fonds · 1996-1997

The fonds consist of 48 Betacam videocassettes, 6 audiocassettes and 6 cm of textual material. The videocassettes contain stock footage documenting the construction of a birchbark canoe for the Dogrib Birchbark Canoe Project, which took place in May-June, 1996. In addition, there are 2 professionally produced Tlicho (Dogrib) language (English subtitles) broadcast versions of the project; one version is 0:29 in length, the other 0:40. The broadcast versions were completed in early-1997. The 6 audiocassettes contain Tlicho (Dogrib) language interviews conducted at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, as well as corresponding typed transcriptions. The textual material also includes proposals, project reports, logs for the videocassettes and letters of support.

Dogrib Birchbark Canoe Project
Bern Will Brown fonds
381 · Fonds · 1940-1999

This fonds consists of 0.6 cm of textual records, ca. 13,000 photographs (col. slides, col. negatives, and b&w negatives), and 45 reels of 16 mm film.

The textual records comprise two newsletters produced by Bern Will Brown and a series of letters written by Capt. C.T. Pederson. The newsletters give a brief overview of life in the community of Colville Lake during 1991 and 1992, including items of interest relating to various members of the community. The Pedersen correspondence is autobiographical, including reminiscences of C.T. Pederson of some of his activities in the north; the majority are addressed to Father Brown of Our Lady of the Snows Mission in Colville Lake, but one letter is addressed to Commander Ransom.

The photographs include images of a wide variety of subjects, particularly activities of the Catholic Church and traditional activities of the Dene, Inuvialuit and Inuit, including hunting, trapping and transportation. There are photos of many locations throughout the NWT as well as some locations in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The films and videocassettes include footage of dog teams, life at Colville Lake, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Aklavik, Husky Lakes, Whitefish Station, Tulita (Fort Norman), Nahanni Butte, Fort Simpson, Bern Will Brown, various Catholic priests and bishops, fishing, children at play, aircraft, construction of the mission, reindeer, whaling, trapping, hunting, church services, many local families including: Kochon, Codzi, Masuzumi, Cotchilly, Oudzi and political visitors such as Governors-General.

Brown, Bern Will
G-2005-022 · Accession · 1991-1994

This accession consists of a video of what appears to be a cultural program held in Lutselk'e in 1991 and possibly in the years following, up to 1994. The video features Chipewyan children being instructed in various activities on the land such as mending fish nets, tanning hides, and butchering caribou. The 'Adopt An Elder' portion of the video may have been a form of mentorship program.

Goldi Productions Ltd.
N-1992-195 · Accession · [1980, 1981], copied 1986

Records include two productions of Goldi Productions Ltd., "They Fish the Great Slave" and "Dene Family". "They Fish the Great Slave" was produced by Arctic Films and John Goldi, directed by John Goldi, and narrated by Mick Mallon. The subject of the film is commercial fishing on the Great Slave Lake, and features Clifford Bird, Johnny Nault, and Total Mayo. "Dene Family" is a Goldi Productions Film from the Northern Lifestyle Series and was produced with the support of the NWT Dept. of Education and Canada Council Exploration. The film depicts the lifestyle of the Marlowe family of Snowdrift.

Goldi Productions Ltd.
Joe Nasogaluak Life Story
N-2004-004 · Accession · [198-?]

Records include moving images documenting Joe Nasogaluak telling his life story. He is speaking Inuvialuktun during the recording. There is also footage of him drumming and singing. It appears that the footage was recorded by his son William Nasogaluak over two days in the late 1980s. The original video was recorded on two Beta videocassette which were loaned to the NWT Archives for copying to Betacam videocassettes.

Nasogaluak (family)