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Gwich'in Indian Culture and History (Gwichin, Kutchin)

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

Gwich'in Tribal Council:
    Coalition of Gwich'in First Nations of the Northwest Territories.
Old Crow Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation:
    Official homepage of the Vuntut Gwich'in tribe of the Yukon.
Gwichyaa Zhee Fort Yukon Tribe * Birch Creek/Dendu Gwich'in:
    Official homepages of Alaskan Gwich'in tribes.
Tetlit Gwich'in Reserve:
    Homepage of the Gwich'in band of Teetl'it Zheh.
Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute:
    Tribal organization working to preserve Gwich'in culture and heritage in Canada.
Tanan Ch’at’oh:
    Gwich'in language revitalization center in Alaska.
Gwich'in ANWR Steering Committee:
    Political group working to protect the Alaskan environment and the Gwich'in way of life.

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Hunters of the Northern Forest: Designs for Survival among the Alaskan Kutchin:
    Ethnography of the Gwich'in tribe for sale online.
Raising Ourselves: A Gwich' in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River:
    Poignant autobiography of a Gwich'in woman.
People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich'in Elders:
    Collection of Gwich'in oral history from the Yukon.
Gwich'in Words about the Land:
    Traditional knowledge from the Gwich’in Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.
We Traveled from Place to Place * Neets'ąįį Gwiindaii:
    Interesting biographies of Venetie and Arctic Village elders, in Gwich'in with English translation.
Caribou Rising * Under The Arctic Sun:
    Books about the Gwich'in struggle to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and their traditional way of life.
Two Old Women * Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun:
    Historical fiction novels by an Alaskan Gwich'in author.
Gwich'in Ethnobotany: Plants Used by the Gwich'in for Food, Medicine, Shelter and Tools:
    Book about traditional plant use in the Gwich'in tribe.

Maps of Gwich'in Lands

Indigenous Peoples of Alaska:
    Map showing the location of the Gwich'in and other Alaska Native tribes.
Official Languages of the Northwest Territories:
    Map showing where in Canada Gwich'in and other First Nations languages are spoken.
Gwichin Map:
    Map of the territory of the Gwichin and neighboring peoples in Alaska.

Gwich'in Lifestyle and Tradition

    History of the Gwich'in people in Canada.
Canadian Peoples: Na-Dene:
    Ethnography of the Gwich'in and other Athabaskan nations.
Kuchin Indian Tribe:
    History and genealogy of the Gwich'in (Kutchin) Indians.
Kutchin Indian Clothes * Indian Apparel * Indian Hairstyle:
    Pictures of traditional Gwichin Indian clothing and hair.
The Gwitchin Kitchen * The Gwich'in and their Traditional Foods:
    Recipes and a film clip about Gwich'in food traditions.
Two Hundred Years of Dene Clothing * Dene Children's Clothing:
    Photographs and descriptions of Dogrib, Slavey, and Gwich'in traditional clothing.
Gwitchin Artifacts of the Yukon:
    Online exhibit of Gwichin artifacts from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Gwich'in Mythology:
    Collection of Gwich'in Indian legends and folktales.
Canoeing Cultures: Gwitch'in:
    Gwich'in and other Athabaskan canoe-building and traditional culture.
Gwich'in Nation Flag:
    Gwich'in flags.
Native Heritage: Athabascan:
    Information about Gwich'in and other Alaskan Athabascan traditional lifestyle.
Athapaskan Placenames of Alaska * Gwich'in Place Names up the Arctic Red River:
    Place names in Gwich'in and other Athabaskan traditonal territory.
Four Directions: Kutchin Tribes:
    Timeline and links about Kutchin history.

Gwich'in Literature and Arts

Velma Wallis * Indigenous Writer Velma Wallis * Two Old Women * Birdgirl:
    Fort Yukon Gwich'in author Velma Wallis.
Kutchin Authors * Moses Cruikshank:
    Gwich'in Indian writers, their lives and work.
Tania Larsson Fine Jewelry:
    Beadwork and dentalium jewelry by a Canadian Gwich'in artist.
Art of the Gwich'in:
    Museum exhibit of traditional Gwich'in arts and crafts.

Gwich'in Politics, Issues, and News

Gwich’in leaders map out the path to self-government:
    News article about the sovereignty of the Gwich'in First Nation in Canada.
Supreme Court's decision celebrated by First Nations:
    Article about a Canadian court decision in favor of the land rights of the Han and Gwich'in tribes.
The Gwich'in and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: * Arctic Village leaders say fight to stop drilling isn’t over:
    The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich'in Women Speak:
    Articles and a video about Gwich'in efforts to protect their lands from oil and gas development.
Champion of her Language: * Inuvik Drum: Language revival: * Gwich'in high school classes in NWT:
    Articles about Gwich'in language preservation efforts in Canada.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Gwich'in: * Kutchin Tribe:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Gwich'in language.
  Peuples autochtones de la a zone boréale:
  Information about the Gwich'in and other First Nations of Northern Canada in French.
  Pueblo Gwitchin * Los Gwich'in * Historia y lengua Kutchin:
  Information about the Gwich'in people in Spanish.
  Gwich'in Resources * Gwich'in Nation:
  Gwich'in links.

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