Indigenous Story: How Frog Brought Winter

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) is pleased to announce that How Frog Brought Winter, a loving tribute to the language and culture of the Dene, is available for purchase at the Yellowknife Book Cellar. How Frog Brought Winter is the second book in a series in which an Indigenous teaching story is reclaimed, honoured, translated and illustrated for all to enjoy. The first book, How Raven Returned The Sun, was published in North Slavey in 2016. How Frog Brought Winter was published in the Tłichǫ language earlier this year, exactly 100 years after the signing of Treaty 11. In this case, everyone is treated to a story from Tłichǫ Elder Joe Lazare Zoe of Gameti, Northwest Territories. His inspiring story reminds us that everyone is needed in the great circle of life, and that everyone has gifts to share. 

Joe’s story was originally shared with renowned Tłichǫ Dene author Richard Van Camp, recorded and translated by Madelaine Pasquayak (who also happens to be Joe’s niece), and illustrated by Dene artist Carla Rae Taylor in coordination with YK1's Scott Willoughby. The process of writing How Frog Brought Winter, available in both English and Tłichǫ, reminds us why it’s so important to listen to our Elders and Knowledge Keepers. YK1 strongly supports any and all efforts to reclaim Indigenous language, culture, traditions, names, stories and ways of life. Collaborative projects like the one to bring Joe’s story to life should become more commonplace as we all work towards true reconciliation. YK1 hopes to share more stories like Joe’s in all nine of the territory’s officially recognized Indigenous languages. To purchase a copy of How Frog Brought Winter, call the Yellowknife Book Cellar at (867) 920-2220 or visit their website here.

Related Document: The Process of Writing How Frog Brought Winter