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Legends Project

Legends Project: Gwich'in Legends

October 26, 2009 | 10:14 PM

Karen_coaching_Charissa_Goeson.jpgKaren Mitchell coaching Charissa Goeson (Leah Shaw/CBC)


The Gwich'in Legends were originally broadcast on October 26, 2009 and re-broadcast on February 24th, 2010 on Ideas on CBC Radio One.

The CBC Legends Project Team partnered with the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) for the ninth legacy production. This partnership brought us to the Gwich'in Settlement area in the Northwest Territories and allowed us to meet and record five elders: Elizabeth Greenland (Inuvik), Mary Kendi (93 years old, Aklavik), Annie Norbert (Tsiigehtchic), Gabe Andre (Tsiigehtchic), and Eunice Mitchell (Fort McPherson). After these recordings were translated and transcribed by our language experts at GSCI, five stories were selected and then scripted for our radio drama productions. We returned to Inuvik in February 2009 to record these stories using more than 20 bilingual actors who filed through the basement studios at CBC North Radio bureau. These completed productions will compliment GSCI's extensive efforts to document, promote, and protect the culture, language, and stories. The CDs of these bilingual productions will be available for Gwich'in language teachers in the north and beyond. We hope you enjoy the bawdy humour from this proud, charismatic northern nation.

LISTEN to Gwich'in Legends (runs 53:58)