by Clare-Estelle Daitch and Thomas D. Andrews Ornamentum, April 2007
When visiting the National Museums Scotland in 2000, Rosa Mantla, a Tłı̨chǫ teacher and education administrator, was surprised to find objects from her people dating back more than a century, some of which, like spruce root baskets, she had never seen before. Part of the National Museums Scotland Athapaskan collection, the Dene objects were collected in the 1850s and 60s. Since 2000, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC), the National Museums Scotland (NMS), the Visual Research Centre at the University of Dundee and the Tłı̨chǫ Government have collaborated on creating a travelling exhibit of selected items from the NMS Athapaskan collection. The exhibit, Dè T’a Hoti Ts’eeda / We Live Securely by the Land recently opened at the PWNHC in Yellowknife, NWT and presents 40 objects chosen by Tłı̨chǫ elders.