Saoyú and Ɂehdacho Stories

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A camp on the shore of Sahtu (Great Bear Lake)

The Sahtugot’ine (Bear Lake People) believe that all the land is sacred. The land of the Sahtugot’ine is also alive with stories, which blend the natural with the supernatural worlds. Saoyú and Ɂehdacho are fundamental to the transmission of Sahtugot’ine culture and also provide an opportunity for non-Dene Canadians to better understand the origins of Sahtu-Dene culture, spiritual values, life-style and land use. The following stories about the site were recorded by Parks Canada in the early 1990s with Délı̨nę elders and were translated by John Tetso.