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The Tree

The Tree by the Woodpile: A Dene'Spirit of Nature' Tale

The Tree by the Woodpile and other stories
Dene ‘Spirit of Nature’ Tales

By Raymond Yakeleya 

“With the passing of many of our Elders, the telling of these stories becomes more valuable than ever.”

— Raymond Wakeleya


The Tree by the Woodpile is a story about a  First Nations boy who is told an enchanting tale by his grandmother about how an old tree by the woodpile provides food and shelter for the birds and animals of the North. The story is suffused with Newehtsı̨nę, the Creator and Spirit of Nature, who brings a message of how we must to cherish our land. The Tree is written in English and Dene for middle-grade children, ages 8 to 12. Says author Raymond Wakeleya, “Canada’s Native people need to have a voice in mainstream media in order to tell our People’s stories, our way.”

About Raymond Wakeleya

Editor of the ‘Spirit of Nature’ Series and
Author of The Tree By the Woodpile

Raymond Yakeleya is an award-winning Dene television producer, director and writer, originally from Tulita in the Northwest Territories. His award-winning documentary films  including We Remember for CBC and The Last Mooseskin Boat for NFB  have screened at festivals around the world. He has produced five national television series and is currently in production on a sixth.

Trade Paper, $16.95 | E-book $9.95 | Bilingual English and Dene
ISBN: 978-1-98882-40-31   | 48 Pages | Release, March 15, 2018

Publicity contact: Lorene Shyba, Publisher   |   lorene.shyba@durvile.com | 403 818-4808
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