Why Lawrence Nayally calls the works of Dene elder George Blondin 'sacred'

Lawrence Nayally, host of CBC's Trail's End, praises the work of George Blondin, who recorded Dene stories in a series of books.
Lawrence Nayally, host of CBC's Trail's End, describes the works of Dene elder George Blondin as "sacred." (Outcrop/Lawrence Nayally)

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the great Canadian reading list — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Lawrence Nayally, host of CBC Radio's Trail's End, adds When the World was New to the reading list.

"One of the few books that have had great meaning to me in life, is a series of books by George Blondin of the NWT: When the World was New, Yamoria the Lawmaker and Trail of the Spirit. His collection of ancient Dene legends and stories of our elders has been a great help for me. 

"Just knowing that the elders up here kept these stories from being wiped away through residential schools is a testament to the resilience within each, to have safeguarded such richness for my generation to enjoy and share is something sacred."

Lawrence Nayally is the host of CBC Radio's Trail's End, which airs in the Northwest Territories from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT on weekdays.


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