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Idaa Trail
By (author): Wendy Stephenson Illustrated by: Autumn Downey
Wendy Stephenson ,

Illustrated by :

Autumn Downey


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 7 - 10, Grade (US) 2 - 5
Jun 01, 2005
$19.95 CAD


9.5in x 7 x 0.44 in | 0.85 lb

Page Count:

64 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
IODE Violet Downey Book Award 2005, Runner-up
  • Short Description
This is a fictional story of a modern-day canoe trip along the Idaa trail, a traditional route that the Dogrib people traveled from Great Slave Lake to Great Bear Lake.

Etseh, Etsi and their three grandchildren have just embarked on a month long canoe trip in the Northwest Territories -- from the town of Rae to Hottah Lake. They are following the Idaa trail, a trade route that the Dogrib people have traveled for hundreds of years.

Etseh and Etsi traveled the Idaa trail when they were children and as they paddle north with their grandchildren they pass along their knowledge of special sites along the way and explain how their people survived in the old days -- building birch bark canoes, fishing with willow lines and muskrat-tooth hooks, and ambushing herds of caribou.

This remarkable work, based on ten years of archaeological research, documents the past and present of one of the most intact tribal cultures of North America.

Wendy Stephenson is Curator of Education at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Autumn Downey's illustrations appear in Shield Country by Jamie Bastedo and the Arctic Ecozone Poster series. She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Written with simplicity and reverence, this 64-page chapter book is a valuable instructional tool which introduces young readers to the DENE Nation and to the Dogrib way of life. - CM Magazine

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