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Children's Fiction Native American

The Missing Caribou Hide

Traditional Tłlicho Stories and Legends

by (author) Wendy Stephenson, Cecilia Judas & Madeline Judas

illustrated by Joan Sherman

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Dec 2022
Native American, Activity Books
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12


The Missing Caribou Hide is a story that passes through the years in Tlicho history. It tells of times when people lived a simpler life built around the fur trade, hard work and helping one another. It tells of times when relationships with animals and our environment were stronger than they are today. In this story, a young girl who lives with her grandmother, wishes to own a sled so that she can go sliding like the other children in her community. However, her grandmother needs her to help with chores around the home. The young girl has developed a friendship with Tatso (Raven), Ihk'aa (Canada Jay), Nomba (Weasel) and Nooge (Fox). Because of her kindness, the four animal friends decide to help her out. Included in this book is the use of Tlicho language as well as Tlicho legends told about these animals from the traditional stories of community elders. It has been edited and translated by the community members themselves.

About the authors

Wendy Stephenson is Curator of Education at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The archeological research on the Idaa Trail inspired her to write this book, and she has canoed many parts of the trail described in the story.

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Cecilia (Ceci) is a Tłı̨chǫ woman (daughter of Madeline and Joseph) who was raised in Wekweètı̀. Currently, Cecilia is a teacher at the Alexis Arrowmaker school in Wekweètı̀. Cecilia is proud of and committed to passing on skills in her language and culture to her students. Cecilia and her spouse Clarence have three children. Cecilia was key in ensuring that Tłı̨chǫ language and stories be included in this book.

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Madeline is a Tłı̨chǫ woman born in Behchokǫ̀, NT and is the daughter of Alexis and Elizabeth Arrowmaker. From the age of seven, Madeline and her family traveled the trails between Behchokǫ̀ and Wekweètı̀. She has lived in Wekweètı̀ since 1963. Madeline and her husband Joseph have raised a family of nine children. They are very proud of their Tłı̨chǫ culture and way of life and have passed on their language, skills and stories to Cecilia and the other members of her family.

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Joan Sherman lives in the boreal forest region of Alberta where she paints and writes about the natural world. She studied at California College of the Arts and has held drawing workshops for children and adults. Joan’s paintings are in private and institutional collections. The Missing Caribou Hide is the fifth children’s story she has illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

“This book is a reminder of Tlicho and their relationship and connections to their environment and the animals they share their lands with. These stories are important teachings to the cultural history of the Dene Peoples. Not only should the book be in every classroom, but every Canadian should also read these stories to help understand Indigenous peoples and their culture. "The Missing Caribou Hide" can help bridge the gap between not only Tlicho parent and child, but also help connect Indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians alike."

— Paul Andrew, Order of the Northwest Territories

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