Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen has a regular column with What's Up Yukon called The Delta Rambler and is an award-winning filmmaker, forlorn songwriter and hopeless storyteller. He’s the only guy he knows who’s never seen the Stones.

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Dog Gone Long Time

How a traditional walk helps make sense of life. Learning about stamina and resilience between Colville Lake and Fort Good Hope

ME AND WILLIE

The 1969 spring carnival talent show was the talk of the town. I begged and pleaded, with my mom, for a dollar to go. She reminded me that I would skip next week’s allowance if I took the dollar now, plus, I had to fill the woodbox with firewood. I assured her that I was …

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The Battle at the Mad Trapper Bar

Northerners; we tell stories. Our northern stories are our wealth & our identity. They are about independent, hardy people full of character.

Give a dog a bone – Part 2

I’ve had some tough times in my life, but fighting a dog over a bone was about the toughest. End of that story.

Give a dog a bone – Part 1

I’ve had some tough times in my life, but fighting a dog over a bone was about the toughest. Pull up a stump and I’ll fill you in.

Ice road woes (and whoas)

I was driving back to Red Deer from Calgary the other day and got a speeding ticket in a blinding snowstorm. The cop told me there is a law in Alberta that states that speed limits are reduced to 80 km/h when winds exceed 70 km/h. I told him, in no uncertain terms, that I’d …

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Muskrat season

In the delta, March meant one thing—muskrat trapping season was open. And trapped muskrat pelts fetched damned near $2.50 apiece back in 1976.

Calgary snowmobile

Dennis has a tale of crashing an old Elan skidoo into a cop car I was driving to work this morning when I saw snowmobile tracks on the side of the road. It reminded me of the time me and my buddy Chubby had to drive from Calgary to Edmonton on an old Elan skidoo. …

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Read the land

As long as I remember, I’ve travelled throughout the Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Coast with my dad. We travelled all over during different seasons hunting or trapping different animals.

Deals with the Anaatquuq

As a musician, you put yourself out there in the public and you have to be ready to appease your fans. That means answering questions after the show. The most common question I get is, “How long have you been playing?” Well, I’m here to tell you, I don’t know. It seems music has always …

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A Tuk load of memories

I was back home in Inuvik this summer and I took the opportunity to drive to Tuk for the first time. It always hits close to the bone whenever I am there.   The first time I went to Tuk, I was 12 years old. We were whaling at East Whitefish Station at the mouth of …

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