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Beaver Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Beaver language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Beaver tribe and their society.

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Please note that the Beaver and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Ancient history is interesting and important, but the Beaver Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Beaver Websites

Beaver Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Beaver language.
Beaver Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Beaver culture.
Beaver Legends:
    Collection of Beaver legends and folktales.

Beaver Tribal and Community Websites

Beaver First Nation:
    Homepage of the Beaver Nation of Alberta.
Doig River First Nation:
    Information, contact and links for this Dane-zaa/Beaver nation of British Columbia.
Doig River First Nation * Halfway River First Nation * Prophet River First Nation:
    Treaty 8 community profiles for the Beaver Indian bands of British Columbia.

Books for sale on the Beaver Indians
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Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations:
    Excellent tribal history of the Dane-Zaa people.
Trail to Heaven: Knowledge And Narrative In A Northern Native Community:
    Good ethnography of the Dunne-za tribe of British Columbia.
When You Sing It Now, Just Like New:
    Interesting book on oral traditions in the Dane-zaa and other British Columbian First Nations.
The Beaver Indians and the Fur Trade on the Peace River:
    History book on the Beaver tribe during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Beaver Lifestyle and Tradition

First Nations of British Columbia:
    Map of British Columbia showing the location where the Dunne-za (Beaver) people live.
First Nations People of the Peace River Area:
    Articles and historic photographs on the Sekani, Cree, and Beaver Indians of the Rocky Mountain trench.
The Beaver Nation:
    Information on the Beaver tribe's history, traditional customs and religious beliefs.
Dane-zaa Oral History:
    Anthropology paper about the importance of oral history to the Beaver people.
Canadian Peoples: Na-Dene:
    Ethnography of the Beaver and other Athapaskan nations.
Beaver People:
    History and culture of the Beaver First Nation of Alberta.
Athapaskan Names of Canada:
    Indigenous placenames of the Tutchone, Slave, and Beaver tribes.
Beaver Indian Culture:
    Article on Beaver history and culture.
Beaver Indians' Habitations:
    Essay on traditional Beaver Indian houses, including a short recounting of a Dunne-za legend.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Dane-zaa (Beaver):
    Online photo exhibit of different types of Beaver artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Alaskan Athabaskan Clothes * Subarctic Shirt and Leggings * Dene Moccasins:
    Pictures of traditional Athabaskan clothing styles like the ones used by Danezaa people.
Doig River, BC * Halfway River, BC * Prophet River, BC * Blueberry River, BC * Horse Lake, AB:
    Profiles and links for five Beaver First Nations communities.
Beaver Authors:
    Beaver Indian writers, their lives and work.
*Dane-zaa Stories and Songs: Dreamers and the Land:
    Videos of Beaver elders sharing folklore in their native language with English translation.
*The Dane-zaa Indians and the Vision Quest:
    Traditions of the Naachin (dreamers or prophets) and the importance of dreams to the Dane-zaa religion.
*Indigenous Landscapes: Historical Ecology of the Peace River:
    Information about traditional land use among the Sekani and Dane-zaa First Nations.
Beaver First Nation Flag * Doig First Nation Flag:
    Official flags of two Dane-zaa First Nations.

Beaver Politics, Issues, and News

Protest camp to stop Peace River dam * Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs oppose Site C dam:
    Telling a Story of Change the Dane-zaa Way:
    Dane Zaa responses to a dam project that would flood traditional lands in the Peace River valley.
Beaver First Nation Harnesses Solar Power * K’ih tsaa?dze Tribal Park:
    Articles about environmental protection efforts of the Beaver First Nations.
Alberta teacher races to save dying Indigenous language:
    Tribal project to revitalize the Beaver language.
Fort St. John gathers to honour residential school victims:
    Reactions of Cree and Beaver people in British Columbia to the tragedy uncovered at Kamloops boarding school.

Beaver History and Biography

    History of the Beaver nation in Canada.
Saddle Hills County: A Regional History:
    Historical article about the Dane-zaa and Plains Cree presence in the Saddle Hills and Peace River area.
Tsattine Indians of Canada:
    History and genealogy information about the Beaver Indians.
Beaver Indian Group Picture:
    20th-century photograph of a Beaver Indian family.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Beaver Native American Tribe * Beaver People: * Wikipedia: Dunneza:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Beaver tribe.
  Peuples autochtones de la a zone boréale:
  Information about the Beaver and other First Nations of Northern Canada in French.
   Los Beaver o Tsattine:
   Information about the Beaver tribe in Spanish.
   Beaver Indian Tribe * Beavers:
   Dunne Za links pages.

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