Adventures of a Priest Among the Tlicho People

Posted on December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

David L. Matthews, the editor of this collection of stories, first met Father Amourous in Whati in fall of 1969. In late December that year, he and his wife, Mona joined the many Tlicho people on a single Otter flight to Behchoko to celebrate Christmas. That is when they first met Father Pochat. Over the years they had the pleasure of developing a close friendship with both priests. 

This book is in memory of Father Jean Amourous and father Jean Pochat, and to the people of the Tlicho region amongst whom both priests lived for the majority of their stay in the Northwest Territories. 

Through the understanding and appreciation of these stories, Tlicho today can get a glimpse of what life  was life amongst the Tlicho of yesterday. 

Masi Cho to the following contributors:

  • Tlicho Government, the NWT Literacy Council, and the Tlicho Community Services Agency for funding this project. 
  • Art students and teachers of Mezi Community and Chief Jimmy Bruneau Schools, who illustrated many of the stories;
  • Artists, Angus Beaulieu and Karen Gelderman; and
  • St. Michael's Parish Council in Behchoko, who supported the project with their editorial and cultural guidance, especially Rosa Mantla, Terri Douglas, and Tammy Steinwand-Deschambeault, as well as Giselle Marion, who supplied some photos from St. Michael's Archives.

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