Idaa Trail

Idaa Trail

In the Steps of Our Ancestors

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780888995766
Characteristics: 64 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Downey, Autumn 1950-


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Nov 21, 2013

A wonderful story of a contemporary Dogrib youth who travels the traditional Idaa Trail (from Great Slave Lake to Great Bear Lake) by canoe with his grandparents and two cousins. Both teacher guides and student study guides are available to go along with this book and are available online or from the NWT Literacy Council. Online information can be accessed in English, Dogrib and French at This story and the accompanying resources would be a great way of integrating Social Studies with Language Arts in the Grade 5 Alberta curriculum. Highly recommended.

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