Gwichin genealogist Tracy Rispin and Photographers Roy Hall, Beth-Ann Exham, Father Jean-Marie Mouchet, Nina Raginsky, Shirleen Smith, Graham Baird and Pat Arey were also recognized for their contributions with a gift of an album. Other family members wanting to purchase a copy of this album can contact Dorothy Frost at the John Tizya Centre (867) 966-3233 to sign up. Cost will be around $70, depending on how many copies are printed.
The Vuntut Gwitchin Government chose to publish their history through an academic publisher rather than simply printing (self-publishing) the book in order to ensure that it is recognized by all readers – the general public, academics, and Vuntut Gwitchin alike – as an authoritative account of Vuntut Gwitchin history, and a book of the quality expected by the Elders who wanted their history available for their children and the world to read.
The book consists of: Forward, Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction, Long Ago Stories, The First Generation (19th Century), The Second Generation (early 20th Century), The Oral History of Today (VG Commentary on Past, Present and Future), Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. 391 pages. Around 250 colour photographs.
‘People of the Lakes’ is available for purchase from U of A Press, in Old Crow at the John Tizya Centre and at Mac’s Fireweed in Whitehorse. Retail price is $34.99.
Note: The Modern Gwich’in spelling system is used throughout the book in order to be consistent with the Gwich’in instruction at Chief Zzeh Gittlit School.
Links and Awards:
Mary Jane’s speech
Elders photo album text
Canadian Historical Associationh
Alberta Book Publishing Awards shortlist
Tom Fairly award
Book of the year
Interview with Mary Jane
Canada's history book review
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