Vuntut Gwitchin Stories: Forward Together

Patti Flather

Tl’oo Thał (Grass Pants) cover illustration based on a photo by Karsten Heuer

Patti Flather & Leonard Linklater in Old Crow, Yukon during radio play production, 2019.

Ndoo Tr’eedyaa Gogwaandak (Forward Together) – Vuntut Gwitchin Stories

Honouring age-old storytelling traditions and Indigenous Gwich’in language revitalization from the north Yukon’s Vuntut Gwitchin.

Experience free radio play podcasts and script booklets in both Gwich’in and English, adapted from both long ago and contemporary stories. Learn the story behind the stories.

Discover long ago stories: Shanaghàn Neekaii Nanaa’in Hah –Two Old Women and the Bushman and Vah Srigwehdli’ – The One Who Survived.

…Along with more contemporary tales: Tl’oo Thał – Grass Pants and Ch’iitsii Khał Datl’oo – The Blue Cruiser.

“These radio plays and script booklets are part of an innovative multi-year project that honours age-old storytelling traditions and Indigenous language revitalization.

The Van Tat Gwich’in — “People of the Lakes,” referring to the Crow Flats area — are renowned storytellers, and do they ever have stories to tell. After all, they have survived for thousands of years in one of the toughest northern climates around. Their traditional territory in the north Yukon is vast, beautiful and unforgiving.”

– From Our Journey, Forward Together

This collaborative storytelling project with Vuntut Gwitchin Government, Gwaandak Theatre, Elders and Gwich’in language champions, community members and theatre artists was a 2019 Yukon Heritage Award winner. Patti Flather was a co-creator.