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Yellowknife Tribe (Yellowknives)
The Yellowknife Indians are an Athabaskan
tribe of northern Canada. The Yellowknives are relatives of the
Chipewyan (Dene) tribe and speakers of
a Dene dialect. Although the Yellowknife language itself is a Chipewyan dialect,
the Yellowknives First Nation also includes many Dogrib
families, and both languages are still spoken on the reserve today.
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Names: The Yellowknives' name for themselves in Dene is T'satsąot'ınę, which means "copper people." This name is
spelled many different ways including Tsatsaotine, T'atsaot'ine, Tatsaotine, T'altsan Ottine, Tantsa-ut'dinne, T'attsan-otine, and so on.
In English they have also been known as the Copper Indians, Yellow Knives, or Red Knives. In French they
were known as Gens de Cuivres (which also means "copper people.")
Yellowknife Language Tree:
Theories about Yellowknife language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Our resources about the Chipewyan language, including Yellowknife.
Our resources about the Dogrib language.
NWT Language Maps:
Map showing aboriginal language use in the city of Yellowknife and the surrounding Northwest Territories.
Yellowknives Dene First Nation:
Homepage of the Yellowknives Nation in Canada.
Yellowknife Facts for Kids:
Questions and answers about Yellowknife culture.
Collection of Chipewyan and Yellowknife Indian legends and folktales.
Tatsanottine Tribe History:
Article on the Tatsanottine/Yellowknife tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Yellowknives Dene Tribal Newspaper:
News articles about Yellowknife tribal issues and events.
Wikipedia article on the Yellowknife Indians.
Four Directions: Yellowknife:
Timeline and links about Yellowknife history.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Yellowknife links page.
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