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Dene Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Dene language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Dene tribe and their society. Please note that Dene and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Dene history is interesting and important, but the Dene 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.

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Dene Tribal and Community Websites

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation:
    Information, contact and links for the Alberta Dene tribe.
Dene Cultural Institute:
    Homepage of the Yamózha Kúé Society (Dene Cultural Institute) promoting Dene Indian culture and traditions.
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre:
    Dedicated to the Cree, Dakota, Saulteaux, Assiniboine and Dene peoples of Saskatchewan.
Buffalo River Dene Nation NGO:
    Organization working on behalf of the Buffalo River Dene First Nation's land rights.

Dene Lifestyle and Tradition

The Chipewyans:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Dene tribe.
    History of the Dene people in Canada.
Canadian Peoples: Na-Dene:
    Ethnography of the Dene Suline and other Athabaskan nations.
Dene Tribe:
    Article on Dene history and culture.
Dene Legends:
    Collection of Dene Indian legends and folktales.
Chipewyin and Cree:
    Attitudes of the Dene people towards the Crees.
Saskatchewan Elders:
    Interviews with elders from the Dene tribe and other Saskatchewan First Nations
Two Hundred Years of Dene Clothing:
    Photographs and descriptions of Dene traditional clothing.
Athapaskan Women's Costumes and Ornaments:
    Photographs and descriptions of Dene, Tutchone, and Koyukon traditional clothing.
Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Chipewyan:
    Online exhibit of Dene artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Chipewyan Authors:
    Dene writers, their lives and work.
Dene Bannock Recipe:
    Traditional Dene recipes.
Canoeing Cultures: The Dene: * Dene/Athapaskan Bark Canoes:
    Dene canoe-building and traditional culture.
Four Directions: Chipewyan:
    Timeline and links about Dene history.

Books for sale on the Denes
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Northern Passage:
    An interesting book for sale about a white student's experiences living among the Northern Dene Indians.
Dene Spruce Root Basketry:
    Lovely art book about the Dene basket-weaving tradition.
Fort Chipewyan Homecoming:
    Photoessay about a Metis youth's visit to his mother's Dene reserve.
Native Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Athabaskans and American Indians in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Chipewyan People: * Chipewyan Tribe:
   Encyclopedia articles about the Dene Nation.
  Peuples autochtones de la a zone boréale:
  Information about the Dene and other First Nations of Northern Canada in French.
   Chippewyan * Historia y lengua Chipewyan: * Los Chipewyan:
   Information about the Dene tribe in Spanish.
   Chipewyan Nation:
   Dene links.

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