Our Canadian Brides story, Nıts'ı̀t'ah Golika Xah (Fly Away Snow Goose) is set in an area which bridges The NWT and Nunavut. The nomadic Dene, Tlicho band, migrate through this vastness every year in order to follow the caribou. By the 1950’s this 10,000 year relationship between land, animals and men is under severe pressure from the outside world. This Bride story is not about immigrating to, or "taming" a wild land, it’s about already being a part of that land and trying to find a way in which to continue, caught between traditional ways and the ways of the European colonizers.
And from my kwet'ı̨ı̨̀ American self, I’d like to add that I’m honored to have been given this trust, and to have John Wisdomkeeper’s counsel and guidance to help me portray 1st Nation characters with dignity and without candy-coating. While describing and venturing into Dene beliefs and lifeways for the purposes of the story, I also have to view my own family backstory in a harsh, new light. With John's help, I hope to speak some truths in the midst of what is, on the face, plain historical fiction.