Teetl’it Zheh, meaning “people of the head waters”, are a dene people who live in the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories. The Teetl’it Gwich’in people live(d) a nomadic lifestyle making their living off of the land. They hunt big and small game, pick berries, and use plants for medicine. The porcupine caribou serve as a vital resource for the Gwich’in People. The caribou provide food, medicine, hides for clothing and shelter, and bone tools that allow(ed) people to survive in the harsh environments.
Today, there are more resources and the Gwich’in still strive for wealth and stability in the traditional and economical state in modern society. We are working towards language revitalization, cultural healing and reconciliation.
Here you will find stories that have led up to where we stand today and define who we are as Gwich’in people.