The Man Who Lived with a Giant is a collection of traditional and personal stories told by Johnny Neyelle, a Dene Elder from Déline, Northwest Territories.
His wisdom shows in every word.
“Our parents always taught us well. They told us to look on the good side of life and to accept what has to happen.”
About the Book
Johnny used storytelling to teach Dene youth and others to understand and celebrate Dene traditions and knowledge. Johnny’s voice makes his stories accessible to readers young and old, and his wisdom reinforces the right way to live: in harmony with people and places.
Storytelling forms the core of Dene knowledge-keeping, making this a vital book for Dene people of today and tomorrow, people working with Indigenous cultures and oral histories, and all those dedicated to preserving Elders’ stories.
“I am in awe of what you are holding and witnessing with The Man Who Lived with a Giant. Reminiscent of George Blondin’s When the World was New and Trail of the Spirit, this book is not only a treasure for the people of Denendeh, it is a garden of renewal for the world to learn from.” –Richard Van Camp, Writer
“Johnny’s traditional and life stories are nothing short of exquisite, offering an important window into Dene traditions and history. What a find!” –Ruth DyckFehderau, Writer
About the Editors
Alana Fletcher received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her doctoral work on the community of Déline, which she completed at Queen’s University. Johnny’s son, Morris Neyelle, is a residential school survivor and a sub-chief on the Déline band council.