YELLOWKNIFE (September 22, 2015) – The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) invite you to the official opening of This Land Is Our Home, Wıìlıìdeh Yellowknives Dene.
The exhibit features artifacts, traditional clothing, tools, photographs, and historical information on the Dene who have lived in and around Wıìlıìcheh (Yellowknife Bay) and Wıìlıìdeh (Yellowknife River) for thousands of years.
Two years in the making, the exhibit is a community partnership between YKDFN and PWNHC staff. Community curator Fred Sangris, former N’dilo chief and dog musher, worked closely with elders and PWNHC staff to present Yellowknives Dene culture and history from their own point of view. Mary Rose Sundberg, of Detah’s Goyatiko Language Centre, has also been involved as an interpreter and language consultant.
YKDFN elders have guided the content of the exhibit by providing historical information; identifying traditional place names and village sites; providing and identifying people and places in archival photographs; and loaning family tools and clothing for display.
Visitors will learn about the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene, who lived in seasonal villages around Yellowknife Bay and travelled to the tundra to hunt caribou, as well as the meaning behind words such as ‘Weledeh’ and ‘Yellowknife’.
The official opening will commence with a fire feeding ceremony at 12pm on Saturday, October 3rd. Yellowknives Dene members will offer live interpretation and demonstrations about their culture and history throughout the afternoon.
The exhibit will be on display at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre for the next three years.
Department of Education, Culture and Employment