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Dobrowolsky, Helene

2014    Hammerstones: A History of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Second Edition.  Published by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, printed in Whitehorse.


2005    Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in: The Changing Nature of Leadership, Governance and Justice. Prepared for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.


2003-13  Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Interpretive Manual. Researched and written by Helene Dobrowolsky, design and layout by Rob Ingram. Contains several interpretive units on a variety of topics relating to the history, sites, people, practices and traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.


Hammer, T.J. and Helene Dobrowolsky

2001    Tr’ochëk: The Archaeology and History of a Hän Fish Camp. Prepared for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Yukon Government. This publication is available here as an online pdf.


Laliberte, Jen

2012    TR’ONDËK HWËCH’IN DA’ÒLE’: Relationships with Land, Animals, Plants, Places and People in Traditional and Contemporary Times. Prepared for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in with supervision and guidance from Jody Beaumont (Traditional Knowledge Specialist) and Elder Percy Henry.


Mishler, Craig and William E. Simeone

2004    Hän Hwech’in: People of the River. University of Alaska Press.


Osgood, Cornelius

1971    The Hän Indians: A Compilation of Ethnographic and Historical Data on the Alaska-Yukon Boundary Area. New Haven: Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University.


Schmitter, Ferdinand

1906    “Upper Yukon Native Customs and Folk-lore,” Smithsonian Institute, May 1910, vol. 56, no. 4.


Chief Isaac’s People of the River (website)

“The website is for anyone interested in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (Han) history and the Chief Isaac family... This site was originally started on 13 January 2009 by the descendants of Chief Isaac. Much of the content of this site has been provided by Joy Isaac, granddaughter of Chief Isaac and Eliza Isaac.”


Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Historic Sites (website)

In 2009, Midnight Arts, the partnership of Rob Ingram and Helene Dobrowolsky, worked with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Subvert Marketing Inc. to produce this website highlighting three Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in historic sites (Black City, Fortymile and Tr’ochëk) and the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre.



A sampling of useful publications and websites related to First Nations issues and culture in general and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in history and culture in particular. Website titles are underline and can be double-clicked to reach the site.




Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS)

2003    Ethical Principles for the Conduct of Research in the North

The first set of principles prepared by the Association was issued in 1982 and this document was widely disseminated and reproduced across the north. The current version of this useful guide has been updated to reflect more recent northern developments.


Beaumont, Jody and Michael Edwards, Cirque Consulting + Communications

2009    An Introduction to First Nations Heritage along the Yukon River. ©First Nations Investment Corporation.


Brody, Hugh

1987    Living Arctic: Hunters of the Canadian North. London, Faber and Faber.


1981    Maps and Dreams: a journey into the lives and lands of the Beaver Indians of northwest Canada. Penguin Books.


Cruikshank, Julie

1991    Dӓn Dhá Ts’edenintth’é / Reading Voices: Oral and Written Interpretations of the Yukon’s Past. Vancouver/Toronto, Douglas & McIntyre.

Cruikshank tells the story of a number of key events in Yukon history, presenting the First Nations perspective as recorded from oral accounts as well as the more common historical record.


McClellan, Catharine

1975    My Old People Say: An Ethnographic Survey of Southern Yukon Territory.  Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Mercury Series, Canadian Ethnology Service.


2011    Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Best Practices for Heritage Resources 

(available as an online pdf, click title above)

"This manual provides the First Nation perspective on working with heritage resources in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory. It is not intended as a legal document or to supplant any regulatory frameworks within the Yukon. This is not a comprehensive guide nor is it intended to be static. These best practices represent the best information and resources currently available.”


Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples ®.com (website)

This website includes much useful common sense information and invaluable tips.

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