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Didee & Didoo: Christmas in Heaven

Merry Christmas to Ellen and Robert Bruce. Merry Christmas to Hannah and Joe Netro. Merry Christmas to Jessie and Charlie Thomas. Merry Christmas to Fanny and Charlie P. Charlie. Merry Christmas to Mary and Lazarus Charlie. Merry Christmas to Alice and Donald Frost. Merry Christmas to Myra and Peter Moses. Merry Christmas to Myra and …

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Didee & Didoo: Allan Benjamin

I know this man from Old Crow Who’s a kind and gentle soul. He was raised by his Didoo She taught him all that she knew. This man is Allan Benjamin And he keeps his fiddle jammin’. When he’s not busy doing that, He’s doing up his snowshoe strap. He’s won many snowshoe races With …

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John Henderson: Celebrating the Great White North

When he arrived in Yellowknife, back in 2004, with his wife, Serena, and baby daughter, Janessa, it didn’t occur to John Henderson that he might still be there 14 years later, have a thriving career as chief operating officer at the Det’on Cho Corporation and a side career in the arts as the editorial cartoonist …

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Let’s learn Gwich’in: Dagoo Gwich’in Ginjik

Jesus Christ shat’in iindhan—Jesus loves me. Nichih gwanat’in—looking forward Nohjuu Ts’an—looking back Ohtsii Kwaa—Don’t waste. Ch’iitsii gwadal—hardware Taih kak zheh gwichoo—mansion on the hill Diiti’ Drin—Father’s Day Diihanh Drin—Mother’s Day Nagaadadal—patrol Aadrii K’anahtil—electrical Nijin gwitr’it t’agwaa’in—office Van Tat Gwich’in Teechik—Rat Indian Creek K’eech’igilik—dance caller K’oonitail Ch’adzaa—Hankerchief Dance Nihk’iidoo—eight couples Varandii—brandy Tr’igwaanduu vich’ilik—devil’s dream Geh Ch’adzaa—Rabbit …

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Didee & Didoo: They Won’t Survive in the Bush

‘Cause I’ll save the psychiatrist. ‘Cause I’ll save the psychologist. ‘Cause I’ll save the professor. ‘Cause I’ll save the counselor. ‘Cause I’ll save the scientist. ‘Cause I’ll save the anthropologist. ‘Cause I’ll save the scholar. ‘Cause I’ll save the psychic. ‘Cause I’ll save the economist. ‘Cause I’ll save the mathematician. ‘Cause I’ll save the astronaut. …

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Didee & Didoo: Times are Changing

We don’t pack water anymore. We don’t vote with our hands anymore. They don’t sign their names with an “X” anymore. We don’t buy from the Trading Post anymore. We don’t use dog packs anymore. We don’t need an interpreter anymore. We don’t start school in July anymore. Planes don’t land on sandbars anymore. We …

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When I Go Camping

I always bring my piano. I always bring my TV. I always bring my computer. I always bring my microwave. I always bring my fridge. I always bring my couch. I always bring my vacuum cleaner. I always bring my toaster. I always bring my waterbed. I always bring my snow blower. I always bring …

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Didee & Didoo: Community Adoptions

Aklavik adopted Albert Frost Inuvik adopted Winston Moses Ross River adopted Henry Nukon Fort Yukon adopted Diane Jonas Chalkyitsik adopted Simon Francis Dawson adopted Sharon Keaton Old Crow adopted James Itsi Carmacks adopted John Tizya Watson Lake adopted Brandy Tizya Haines Junction adopted Jeffrey Peter Arctic Village adopted Tabitha Peter Dease Lake adopted Louise Greyke …

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Strategic Race

I don’t know the word “slow” I only know the word “go” The runners were top notch An’ we raced against the watch. I just pretend that I’m a rabbit Cause running is my habit. It was a blistering pace But I like to give chase. I run like an Arctic hare And I train …

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Didee & Didoo: At my camp

I’m the doctor I’m the minister I’m the police I’m the carpenter I’m the cook I’m the gunsmith I’m the blacksmith I’m the butcher I’m the musician I’m the tailor I’m the dentist I’m the biologist I’m the landlord I’m the janitor I’m the chief I’m the surveyor I’m the psychologist I’m the photographer I’m …

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Didee & Didoo: Didoo’s Trunk

Didoo’s Trunk That’s where she kept her knife. That’s where she kept her awl. That’s where she kept her file. That’s where she kept her hatchet. That’s where she kept her snares. That’s where she kept her thimble. That’s where she kept her needles. That’s where she kept her pipe. That’s where she kept her …

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Let’s All Learn Gwich’in

Let’s All Learn Gwich’in With Allan Benjamin from Old Crow Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language Lée nizhigwiłts’īk? Are you hungry? Jidìi Niindhan? What do you want? Jidìi nid i’ii? What do you have? Jidìi Kàgwanah’in? What are you looking for? Ch’ivēedzyāa at’iinihthān kwaa I don’t like …

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DIDEE & DIDOO: Avoid Problems

DON’T DRINK. DON’T DO DRUGS. DON’T SMOKE. DON’T CHEW SNUFF. DON’T EAT JUNK FOOD. DON’T GAMBLE. EXERCISE. WORK. DON’T BORROW. DON’T LEND. DON’T BRAG. DON’T SWEAR. FIND A HOBBY. BE HUMBLE. DON’T GOSSIP. FIND GOD. HAVE GOALS. WORK FOR YOUR STUFF. DON’T ARGUE. DON’T LISTEN TO RUMOURS. DON’T BREAK THE LAW. OWN A PET. LEARN …

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DIDEE & DIDOO: WIVES USED THEIR HUSBAND’S FIRST NAMES

MARTHA MOSES WAS MARRIED TO MOSES TIZYA. MARY RUFUS WAS MARRIED TO RUFUS NETRO. MARY PAUL WAS MARRIED TO PAUL BEN KASSI. MARY LAZARUS WAS MARRIED TO LAZARUS CHARLIE. ANNIE KENNETH WAS MARRIED TO KENNETH NUKON. MARTHA JOHN WAS MARRIED TO JOHN CHARLIE. ANNIE DANIEL WAS MARRIED TO DANIEL FREDSON. FANNY CHARLIE WAS MARRIED TO …

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Didee & Didoo: First Time

FIRST TIME I HAD A COACH. FIRST TIME I RAN ON A TRACK. FIRST TIME I HAD A FIRST AID SATION. FIRST TIME I HAD OFFICIALS. FIRST TIME I HAD AN ELECTRONIC TIMER. FIRST TIME I USED STARTING BLOCKS. FIRST TIME I RAN WITH A BATON. FIRST TIME I RAN IN HOT WEATHER. FIRST TIME …

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Learning how to Live Joyfully

Ever since she was a little girl, Teva Harrison drew. She studied art after high school. But, as it often goes, “needing to make a living, I digressed.” After the explanation, Harrison laughs. A joyful, full, belly laugh. To make a living, she worked as the director of marketing for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. …

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Didee & Didoo: OLD CROW ZOO

YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF CARIBOU. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF MOOSE. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF MARTEN. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF SQUIRRELS. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF WOLVES. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF FOXES. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF RABBITS. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF MIKS. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF DUCKS. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF FISH. YOU’LL SEE LOTS OF WEASELS. …

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Didee & Didoo: INDIAN TIME

WE DON’T KEEP TRACK OF TIME AN’ WE DON’T THINK IT’S A CRIME. OUR ALARM GOES ON AT EIGHT BUT WE LIKE TO BE LATE. WE SUPPOSE TO BE THERE BY NINE BUT OUR TIME IS ALWAYS BEHIND. EVEN WHEN IT’S COFFEE BREAK WE’RE STILL BARELY AWAKE. WHEN THE CLOCK IS AT ELEVEN WE THINK …

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Didee & Didoo: Dome Run

I’M OVER THE HILL TO RUN UP THE HILL. I NEVER RAN IT BEFORE BUT I KNOW IT’S SORT. I’LL GIVE IT A TRY BUT DON’T ASK WHY. I’M NOT A PRO ‘CAUSE I’M SLOW. I’M A MASTER AN’ I’M NOT FASTER. THE DOME RUN IT’S JUST FOR FUN. I’LL TRY NOT TO DROP ‘TIL …

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Didee & Didoo: I SNOWSHOED AT… I FIDDLED AT…

I Snowshoed at… ANCHORAGE – IDITASHOE FT YUKON – ICE KING CLASSIC DAWSON – AWG SNOWSHOE TRIALS OLD CROW – EASTER CARNIVAL FT MCPHERSON – PEEL RIVER JAMBOREE ARCTIC RED RIVER – MCKENZIE RIVER CARNIVAL INUVIK – MUSKRAT JAMBOREE AKLAVIK – MAD TRAPPER CARNIVAL YELLOWKNIFE – AWF SNOWSHOEING WHITEHORSE – MAD TRAPPER CONTEST I Fiddled …

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Didee & Didoo: I SHOOK THEIR HANDS

REGGIE LEACH – NHL HOCKEY PLAYER. GEORGE CHUVALO – PROFESSIONAL BOXER. CHIEF PETER MOSES – BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL. PIERRE TRUDEAU – PRIME MINISTER. GEORGE ATTLA – WORLD CHAMP DOG MUSHER. FATHER MOUCHET – T.E.S.T. SKI FOUNDER. SHIRLEY, SHARON FIRTH – OLYMPIC SKIERS. ADRIENNE CLARKSON – GOVERNOR GENERAL. BRIAN RANDAZZO – ARCTIC SPORTS CHAMP. ROBERT RAMSEY …

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Didee & Didoo: AT OLD CROW

Didee & Didoo by Allen Benjamin: At Old Crow WE DON’T HAVE TRAFFIC LIGHTS. WE DON’T HAVE ELEVATORS. WE DON’T HAVE BRIDGES. WE DON’T HAVE

Didee & Didoo: WHAT ANIMALS THINK OF US

THEY WALK ON TWO FEET. THEY DON’T HAVE TAILS. THEY DON’T BARK. THEY DON’T PANT. THEY DON’T HAVE FUR. THEY DON’T HAVE HORNS. THEY DON’T HAVE HOOFS. THEY DON’T HAVE QUILLS. THEY DON’T HAVE WINGS. THEY DON’T HAVE BILLS. THEY DON’T HAVE FINS. THEY DON’T HIBERNATE. THEY DON’T HAVE PAWS. THEY DON’T RUT. THEY DON’T …

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Didee & Didoo: NOT GUILTY

THEY WORK OVERTIME TO COMMIT CRIME. THEIR MANNERS THEY DON’T USE AN’ THEY LIKE TO ABUSE. THEY LIKE TO ROB AN’ THAT’S THEIR JOB. THEY EVEN WORK AT NIGHTS AN’ THEY VIOLATE OUR RIGHTS. THEY WANT A FREE MEAL ‘CAUSE THEY LIKE TO STEAL. THEY ONLY CAUSE US GRIEF AN’ THEY ACT LIKE A THIEF. …

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Didee & Didoo: RED LANTERN

YOUR TEAM IS NEVER IN THE LEAD ‘CAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE SPEED. THEY’RE ALWAYS LAST ‘CAUSE THEY’RE NOT FAST. YOU’RE THE LAST TO THE FINISH LINE ‘CAUSE YOU’RE ALWAYS WAY BEHIND. YOU’RE NOT IN A HURRY AND YOU DON’T WORRY. YOU KNOW HOW TO MUSH BUT YOU DON’T LIKE TO RUSH. EVEN IF YOU …

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Didee & Didoo: STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

DON’T SHOOT CARIBOU AND MOOSE WHEN THEY’RE RUTTING. THREE RIFLE SHOTS MEANS “DISTRESS.” CHECK ICE THICKNESS BEFORE CROSSING. WEAR SUNGLASSES IN THE SPRING TIME. STAY HOME WHEN THERE’S A STORM. STAY HOME WHEN THERE’S BIG WAVES. ALWAYS CARRY MATCHES. KEEP AWAY FROM A BEAR KILL. YOUR TENT DOOR SHOULD FACE SOUTH. NEVER EAT SNOW. USE …

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Didee & Didoo: WILLOW MAN

WILLOW MAN IS HIS NAME AN’ HIS ARROW HE LIKES TO AIM. HE’S AS STRONG AS A BEAR AN’ HE HUNTS WITH A SPEAR. WILLOW MAN IS FAST AN’ BRAVE AN’ HE LIVED IN A BEAR CAVE. WILLOW MAN WAS KIND AN’ WISE AN’ STRONGER THAN ALL THE GUYS. THERE WAS JEALOUSY IN HIS CLAN …

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