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Gwich'in

The Gwich'in people live in a vast area extending from northeast Alaska in the U.S. to the northern Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada. Oral tradition indicates that the Gwich'in have occupied this area since time immemorial or, according to conventional belief, for as long as 20,000 years.

Vuntut Gwitchin is the name of people who live in the settlement of Old Crow, Yukon. The name in the Gwich'in language means "people of the lakes". Old Crow is the northernmost Yukon community, located 128 km (80 miles) north of the Arctic Circle at the confluence of the Crow and Porcupine Rivers.


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Issue: 2018-09-26, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Jesus Christ shat’in iindhan—Jesus loves me. Nichih gwanat’in—looking forward Nohjuu Ts’an—looking back Ohtsii Kwaa—Don’t waste. more

Old Crow

Didee and Didoo Cartoon - March 1, 2018

Alan Benjamin

Check out Allan's latest poem. more

Old Crow

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Allan Benjamin Old Crow Cartoonist

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and Sheek’all you can always be treated to a Gwich’in poem or Allan will simply have some vocabulary to share with you. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-06-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ch’ak’oh Zrii – January Aatr’aih Zrii – February Ch’izhìn Zrii – March Ch’ichee Zrii – April more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-05-09, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Chiitaii drin díinzhít – It’s a long day Chiitaii drin goo’aii – It is light outside Chiitaii yahkèe – It is dawn Et’ee sreendit nigwìizhit – It is spring time more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-11, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Jidii Zraii – Black Jidii Dagaii - White Jidii Ditsik - Red Jidii Vee - Grey more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-02-28, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Drin Gwiinzii – Good Day Chih Ahaa K’agwaadhat – God Yiinji’hidhoh’ee – Respect Yiinjigwichit’ee – Honour more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-01-31, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ke’ehdài’ Goginjik. Words of Yesterday. Juk drin gatr’igiikhii. Spoken today. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-10-18, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

She came, she saw, we conquered Grandma’s name is Clara Frost She came, she saw, we conquered. We're proud to be her rangers. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Michelle Joy Carmichael

I can still smell the smoked fish on my jean jacket and I smile. It means I have been home to the Northwest Territories. At the end of August, I went home to my family’s fish camp. August is when the Arctic char (also known as Dolly Varden... more

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Issue: 2017-09-27, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Let’s All Learn Gwich’in With Allan Benjamin from Old Crow Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-13, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Ginjik ... Native Language Shigwitrit gwidal ... My Working Tools Aih shi’ii... I have snowshoes Dii k’ee shi’ii... I have a gun more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Courtesy of Michelle Joy Carmichael

I am a lover of adventure and fine tastes – a forager of the wild world. The life I live is close with nature and so is my diet. I am a Gwich’in Inuvialuit Caucasian woman living in the far north, and a student of natural medicine. more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-09-06, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Our long time “Didee and Didoo” cartoonist and poet Allan Benjamin from Old Crow is excited to introduce his new Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and... more

Old Crow

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Jessica Simon

Visit the Academic and Skills Development office in the A-wing of Yukon College, and you’ll be greeted with words of empowerment on the backs of a stream of 16 cedar salmon in a work of art created by local artist Cheryl Teya. more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Tessa Macintosh Photography

Take the Gwich’in language challenge. It’s a challenge from Norman Snowshoe, the former Gwich’in Tribal Council vice president. He said, “If you learn one Gwich’in word a day, at the end of the year you’ve learned 365 Gwich’in words.” more

Yukon Culture

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

I’M A VUNTUT GWICHIN ATHLETE AND I ALWAYS COMPETE. I’LL RUN WHEN IT’S SNOWING OR RAINING BECAUSE I’M IN SERIOUS TRAINING. more

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Issue: 2015-11-26 Photo: Rick Massie

Many people enjoy harvesting berries in preparation for the long winter months. Although I have a busy schedule as a caregiver at my family day home, Trinin Tsul Zheh (which means the home of the little children in the Gwichin language), each... more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: courtesy Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

The sun is back and the days are warmer, except in the late evenings. People of Old Crow used to be excited about going to Crow Flat. People used to leave after Easter Monday. Preparations were done, with essentials packed to trap muskrats and... more

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    Peter Mather

    The Peel Watershed