Groundwood Books

Idaa Trail

Written by Wendy Stephenson • Illustrated by Autumn Downey

For kids 7 - 10 years old | Published June 01, 2005 | ISBN 9780888995766
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian

Cover of Idaa Trail

Regular price $19.95 CAD

64 pages | 9.500 in × 7.000 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Idaa Trail

Wendy Stephenson • Autumn Downey

Etseh, Etsi and their three grandchildren have just embarked on a month long canoe trip in the Northwest Territories -- from the town of Rae to Hottah Lake. They are following the Idaa trail, a trade route that the Dogrib people have traveled for hundreds of years.

Etseh and Etsi traveled the Idaa trail when they were children and as they paddle north with their grandchildren they pass along their knowledge of special sites along the way and explain how their people survived in the old days -- building birch bark canoes, fishing with willow lines and muskrat-tooth hooks, and ambushing herds of caribou.

This remarkable work, based on ten years of archaeological research, documents the past and present of one of the most intact tribal cultures of North America.

About the Creators

Wendy Stephenson

Wendy Stephenson is Curator of Education at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The archeological research on the Idaa Trail inspired her to write this book, and she has canoed many parts of the trail described in the story.

Autumn Downey

Autumn Downey's illustrations appear in Shield Country by Jamie Bastedo (The Arctic Institute of North America) and the Arctic Ecozone Poster series. She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Awards and Praise
  • Runner-up IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2005