Idaa Trail

Idaa Trail

In the Steps of Our Ancestors

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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 -- the history behind an abandoned village, the legend of the wolverine and its babies at the Sliding Hill, the story of a mysterious gravesite. They also 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 documents the past and present of one of the most intact tribal cultures of North America. The land, and how people have survived both with it and against it, is one of the great subjects that preoccupy the First Peoples. The loss of contact with that land is one of the great tragedies wrought by the residential schools system. This book, which aims to reconnect children with their ancient relationship to that land, is moving, empowering and instructive for us all.
The information about the sites encountered along the Idaa Trail is based on ten years of research by archeologist Tom Andrews and several Dogrib elders. The book will also be printed in Dogrib.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780888995766
Branch Call Number: j971.9 STE NVD
Additional Contributors: Downey, Autumn 1950-
Alternative Title: Idaa Trail


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at NVDPL

To Top