Trails Of Our Ancestors leave to the Tłįchǫ Annual Gathering

Posted on July 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Tlicho Annual Gathering is being held in Whati, Northwest Territories, on July 8, 9 & 10, 2014.   Over a 100 people are traveling by canoes to meet family and friends from the Tlicho Region.  The Trails of Our Ancestors is journey to ensure our youth develop a respectful relationship with the land, our spirituality, our ancestors, and experience personal growth.

Travel like a Tlicho, and order the a canvas hunting bag with caribou hide, and head strap!

Posted in Dene, native crafts, Tlicho, Tradition, travel

Northern IBA Craft Sale at the Diamond Mine

Posted on January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dominion Diamond Corporation (DDC) is always eager to support the variety of cultures that make up our territory. These cultures and traditions are what make our home so unique. 

Their northern IBA craft sale has become an annual event to look forward too. In 2012 they hosted crafters from Kugluktuk. In 2013 they continued the tradition with two showings of traditional crafts from artisans from Community of Whati. 

Louisa Nitsiza and Jacqueline Bishop came on December 3-4, followed by Cindy Nitsiza and Lisa Jeremick’ca on December 17-18. All four women arrived at the Ekati diamond mine with beautiful Tlicho Dene crafts for sale. These included beaded vests, purses, moccasins, card holders and more. Ekati workers had the opportunity to get unique Northern gifts for their loved ones, just in time for Christmas.

We would thank Thomas Nitisiza, Whati Economic Development Officer, Tlicho Government and  Ora-naja Wah-Shee, Team Leader, Community Development with DDC for this joint effort and for their hard work and organization. 


Posted in Dene, gifts, holiday, native artists, native crafts, Tlicho, Tradition, travel

Sinew - Kw'e

Posted on December 06, 2013 | 0 Comments


I was at the Tlicho Government Head office today in Behchoko, and saw this great photo of Adele Wedawin (taken by Tessa Macintosh) with sinew she made framed together with the following excerpt below: 
"Our ancestors have used sinew thread since the beginning of time and still use it to this day. People travelled long distances to hunt caribou for their muscle strip, which is the long, thick muscle from the back leg of the caribou that is made into sinew. The sinew is dried and woven by hand for many hours, then soaked in water to loosen the strip. Once loose, the strip is then woven by hand again for many hours. Once this is done, it is shredded into fine strips of thread and ready for sewing. There was no needles in the past, so sinew was used as a needle and, thus many things could be made with it. Sinew thread was sued to make tents, pants, moccasins, shirts, dresses, jackets and mitts." 

Posted in Adele Wedawin, Behchoko, Elder, Moccasins, Sinew, Tlicho, Tradition


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