A Look Back at Season 1

A Look Back at Season 1

The first season of Dene A Journey took us on some very different trips throughout the north. We joined Mason Mantla and Joe Buffalo for some hunting and camping in the bush just a few hours north of Yellowknife, flew to Deline to tan a caribou hide with Leela Gilday, and embarked on a serious road trip with the Larsson sisters to attend the Midway Music Festival just south of Fort McPherson. Given the opportunity to spend time in the bush, and with Elders and other members of the communities, our characters experienced solitude and a simpler life. Wi-Fi wasn’t a distraction. Thoughts of work and bills faded as each of them found focus in learning the task at hand. Chopping firewood. Setting up a fishnet. Learning how to bead, and learning the language of their ancestors. The Dene A Journey crew’s job is to record all of these experiences, but in working behind the lens, our own personal journey also begins to unfold. We’re given a chance to learn from the Elders. Set up a canvas tent. Cook over a wood stove and sometimes even shoot a moose, or at least a chicken. As Amos put it, “there are…