Sahtu Deh / Great Bear River: 65.033333, -124.616667
Sahtu Deh / Great Bear River
Sahtu Deh holds many stories, such as Yamǫ́rıa's chase of the giant beavers. However, the river also tells of tragic events. In 1928 an influenza epidemic decimated Dene populations throughout Denendeh. A Délı̨nę elder tells of the majority of his community leaving for Tulita for the annual treaty gatherings. His family stayed behind that year to prepare for winter. As summer grew shorter and shorter no canoes came home from the river. As the weather got colder a few canoes returned and told them of what happened. The healthy ones stayed behind to bury the mass amounts of bodies. Before they left many people built new sleds and harnesses for the winter. Most never made it back. All had to be burnt.