It’s refreshing to read a novel set in the North that doesn’t use emphasize the “remoteness” or “harsh winters,” but rather the warmth to be found there.
Even though I like talking to people, I never really learn anything until I read about it. If you’re anything like me and you live in the NWT, you need to know about George Blondin.
Trapping was indeed the life for John Tetso, who writes vividly about his life on the land in this slim 1970 book. “The wind flowing on the face and the smell of campfire smoke are two temptations I can’t resist … and the good solid feeling that you are your own boss.”
Obviously a great way to get to know a place is to read about the lives of people who live there. Strange how difficult this still is.
These stories, told in cinematic detail (almost all of them would make amazing graphic novels) feature battles, war, shape-shifters, heroes and heroines and voyages to the spirit world.
Here’s a rare thing: a history book written expressly for the Indigenous people of the N.W.T.