Robin Ridington's Publications


On Halemaau Trail 2014


Born November, 1939

Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

            430 Montreal Street, Victoria V8V 1Z7





Interview with Frederic Benjamin Laugrand - 2016

Dr. Ridington's interpretive armature is self-situated at the intersection of Gaddemerian and Husserelian epistimes.  His oeuvre, while at a surface level ethnographic, subverts the ethnographic paradigm by presenting a subaltern discourse that deconstructs the hegemonic moment of its own actuality.  Hence, his inversely Marxian (and thus inherently Hegelian) logocentric (while not necessarily nomocentric) "narrative technology."  While particularistically syntagmatic, the deep structure of its techne reveals a paradigmatic cultural materialism.  In the Ridington corpus, textuality supercedes actuality as thesis supercedes its experiential antithesis, resulting in a synthesis that is as much present in its absence as it is absent in its presence. 

 Oh Yeah!!!  A prize for deconstructing the above, written indeed by the good doctor hisself.

For a cup of coffee and other valuable considerations I'll deconstruct it for you.




Books and Monographs


        Robin Ridington

        1968   The Environmental Context of Beaver Indian Behavior.  PhD

         Thesis, Harvard University.


         1978  Swan People: A Study of the Dunne-za Prophet Dance

         Canadian Ethnology Service Mercury Series 38.  Ottawa: National

         Museums of Canada.  (123 pp.)     


1988   Trail to Heaven: Knowledge and Narrative in a Northern Native Community.  (316pp., 29 black-and-white photographs).  Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.  Canadian co-publication by Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver. 


1990   Little Bit Know Something: Stories in a Language of Anthropology.  (281 pp., 6 black-and-white photographs).  Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.  (Canadian Edition, Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver.


2008   The Poets Don't Write Sonnets Anymore.  (100 pp)  Plume of Cockatoo Press: Galiano, BC.


        Robin and Jillian Ridington

 1978b  People of the Trail: How the Northern Forest Indians Lived.  (42 pp.) Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre. 


        Jillian and Robin Ridington

 1982  People of the Longhouse: How the Iroquoian People Lived.  (42 pp.) Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre. 


Robin Ridington and Dennis Hastings

1997   Blessing for a Long Time: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe.  (280 pp., 22 photographs, 7 drawings). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.


Robin and Jillian Ridington

 2006   When You Sing It Now, Just Like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices and Representations.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.  (accompanying audio files available online)


Robin and Jillian Ridington

2013 UBC Press  Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations.


Journal Articles

Ridington, Robin

1968  The Medicine Fight: An Instrument of Political Process Among the Beaver Indians.  American Anthropologist  70(6):1152-1160


1969  Kin Categories Versus Kin Groups: A Two Section System  Without Sections.  Ethnology 8(4):460-467.


1971a  Beaver Indian Dreaming and Singing. in Pilot Not Commander: Essays in Memory of  Diamond Jenness.  Pat and Jim Lotz, eds.  Anthropologica Special Issue 13(1-2):115-128.  Reprinted in Native American Traditions. Sam D. Gill, ed. 20-27. 1983. Belmont California: Wadsworth. 


1971b  The Final Direction of Shamanic Revelation.  Studia Missionalia 20:287-299.


Ridington, Robin and Tonia Ridington

1975  The Inner Eye of Shamanism and Totemism.  Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy .  Dennis and Barbara Tedlock. eds. 190-204.  New York: Liveright. 


Ridington, Robin

1976a  Wechuge and Windigo: A Comparison of Cannibal Belief  among Boreal Forest Athapaskans and Algonkians.  Anthropologica 18(2):107-129.


1976b  The Anthropology of Experience.  Reflections: A Journal  of Interpretive Sociology 2:1-19.


1976c  Eye on the Wheel.  Io 22:68-81.


1978a  The World is as Sharp as a Knife: Vision and Image in  the Work of Wilson Duff.  B.C. Studies 38:3-13.


1978b  Introduction To Papers on Symbolic Anthropology.  Special  Issue of Western Canadian Journal of Anthropology 8(2-4).  Robin Ridington, ed.


1978c  Metaphor and Meaning: Healing in Dunne-za Music and Dance.  Western Canadian Journal of Anthropology 8(2-4):9-17.


1978d  Myth of Creation, Creation of Myth.  B.C. Monthly3(9):72-76.


1979a  Sequence and Hierarchy in Cultural Experience.  Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 4(4)2-10.


1979b  Changes of Mind: Dunne-za Resistence to Empire.  B.C.Studies 43:65-80.


1979c  Literalism and Symbolism in Anthropological Understanding.  Zatetic Scholar 5. (12 pp.)  (reprinted in German translation, 1985, as Faktenglaubigkeit und Symbolismus in der Anthropologie - Das Bild des Sasquatch.  Unter dem Pflaster liegt der Strand. 15:113-123.)


 l 979d  Mirrors and Masks.  Parabola 4(4):84-90.


1980  A True Story.  Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly5(4):11-14.


1981   Raven and First Man.  Parabola 6(1):94-96. 


1982a  When Poison Gas Come Down Like a Fog: A Native Community's Response to Cultural Disaster.  Human Organization 41(1):36-42. 


1982b  Commentary on Louis Marano Windigo Psychosis: The Anatomy of an Emic-Etic Confusion.  Current Anthropology 23(4):403.


1982c  Technology, World View and Adaptive Strategy in a Northern Hunting Society.  Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 19(4):469-481.


1982d  Telling Secrets: Stories of the Vision Quest.  Canadian Journal of Native Studies 2:213-219.


1982e  Review Article about Two Exhibitions and Books: Pipes that won't Smoke: Coal that won't Burn by Carol Sheehan and The Legacy: Continuing Traditions of Canadian Northwest Coast Indian Art by  Peter McNair et al.  Canadian Journal of Native Studies 2:377-387.


1983a  Reflexionen uber die schamanische Vorstelling vom modernen Leben.  in Sehnsucht nach dem Ursprung: zu Mircea Eliade.  Hans Peter Duerr, ed. 192-206.  Frankfurt: Syndikat.


1983b  From Artifice to Artifact:  Stages in the Industrialization of a Northern Native Community.  Journal of Canadian Studies 18(3):55-66. 


1983c  Laurie Anderson: Shaman of the Post-Modern Era.  The Vancouver Literary News May 1983:35-39.


1983d  Stories of the Vision Quest Among Dunne-za Women.  Atlantis 9(1):68-78. 

 (reprinted in German translation in 1984 as, Geschichten der Visionssuche bei den Dunne-za-Frauen.  Unter dem Pflaster liegt der Strand 13:55-72.)


1983e  Electronic Eyes.  Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 8(3):2-7. 


1983f  Commentary  on I.C. Jarvie, The Problem of the Ethnographic Real.  Current Anthropology 24(3):323.


1983g  In Doig People's Ears: Portrait of a Native Community in Sound.  Anthropologica 25(1):9-21


1984   Commentary on Paul Shankman, The Thick and the Thin: On the Interpretive Theoretical Program of Clifford Geertz.  Current Anthropology 25(3):275-276.


1985a  Koyaanisqatsi.  Anthropologia Visualis 1(1)74-79.


1985b  The Old Wagon Road: Talking Fieldnotes from Ethnographic Fieldwork.   Canadian Journal of Native Studies 5(2):201-216.


1986   Texts That Harm: Racist Journalism in B.C.  Currents: Readings in Race Relations 3(4):6-11.


1987a  Omaha Survival: A Vanishing Indian Tribe That Would Not Vanish.  American Indian Quarterly 11(1) 37-51.


1987b  From Hunt Chief to Prophet: Beaver Indian Dreamers and Christianity.  Arctic Anthropology 24(1):8-18.


1987c  Models of the Universe: The Poetic Paradigm    of Benjamin Lee Whorf.  Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly 12(1):16-24.


1988a  Knowledge, Power, and the Individual in Subarctic Hunting Societies.  American Anthropologist 90(1):98-110.


1988b  Images of Cosmic Union: Omaha Ceremonies of Renewal.  History of Religions 28(2):135-150.


1989   A Response to "Soul Walker": Reflections on the Native American Sense of Place.  The Journal of Wild Culture.  Spring, 1989:30-37.


1990   Cultures in Conflict: The Problem of Discourse.  Canadian Literature.  123-125:273-290. 


  1990   Why Baby Why: Howard Broomfield's Documentation of the Dunne-za Soundscape.  Canadian Journal of Native Studies 8(2)251-274.


  1992   Written on the Heavens: Recent Studies in Archaeoastronomy.  Reviews in Anthropology 21:171-179.


  1993   A Sacred Object as Text: Reclaiming the Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe.  American Indian Quarterly 17(1):83-99. 


  1996   Voice, Representation and Dialogue: The Poetics of Native American Spiritual Traditions.  American Indian Quarterly 20(3-4):1-22. 


1997   Visions of the Cosmos: Recent Explorations of New World Cosmology.  Review Essay of Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path; Living Life's Circle: Mescalero Apache Cosmovision; and Andean Cosmologies Through Time:  Persistence and Emergence. Reviews in Anthropology 26(2):147-158.


1998a  "C'est comme ca qu'ils l'attrapent": Paroles celestes dans le chant et la danse des Dunne-zas.  Recherches Amerindiennes au Quebec 28(3):11-17. That Is How They Grab It: Celestial Discourse in Dunne-za Music and Dance.  Recherches Amerindiennes au Quebec.


1998b  Coyote's Cannon: Sharing Stories with Thomas King.  American Indian Quarterly 22(3): 343-362.


1998c  The Cry of the Living Creatures: An Omaha Performance of Blessing.  Anthropologica 40:183-196


2000 Happy Trails to You: Contexted Discourse and Indian Removals in Thomas King's Truth and Bright Water.  Canadian Literature 167:89-107.


2001  Re-creation in Canadian First Nations Literatures: "When You Sing It Now, Just Like New"  Anthropologica 43(2):221-230.


Ridington, Robin and Jillian Ridington

2003   Archiving Actualities: Sharing Authority with Dane-zaa First Nations.  Comma 2003.1  Paris: International Council on Archives


2014    Dane-zaa Oral History: Why It's Not Hearsay - BC Studies no. 183, 77-102


2016 Reading Andre Alexis' Fifteen Dogs: An ApologueCanadian Literature 225 Summer, 2015: 159-161. 


2016  Arts of the Dreamer: Dane-zaa Commnity Remembers Charlie Yahey.  The Ormbsby Review - BC Booklook #20. 


Chapters in Books and Collections of Papers


Ridington, Robin

1977   The Prophet Dance Among the Dunne-za.  Prehistory of the North American Sub-Arctic: The Athapaskan Question 211-224.  Calgary: The University of Calgary.


1978   Beaver Indians.  Encyclopedia of Indians of the Americas. Scholarly Press.  (from typescript of 5 pages).


1980a  Monsters and the Anthropologist's Reality.  Manlike  Monsters on Trial: Early Records and Modern Evidence.  M.  Halpin and M. Ames, eds.  172-186. Vancouver: UBC Press.


1980b  Trails of Meaning.  The World is as Sharp as a Knife:  An Anthology in Honour of Wilson Duff.  Don Abbott, ed. 265-268. Victora: British Columbia Provincial Museum. 


1980c  For Wilson As A Contribution to the Conversation.  The World is as Sharp as a Knife: An Anthology in Honour of Wilson Duff.  Don Abbott, ed. 239-248.  Victoria: British Columbia Provincial Museum. 


1981   Beaver.  Handbook of North American Indians 6. June Helm, ed. 350-360.


1985a  Beaver Indians.  The Canadian Encyclopedia. 154. Edmonton: Hurtig.


1985b  Native People, Subarctic.  The Canadian Encyclopedia.  2110-2111. Edmonton: Hurtig.


1985c  Nothing is the Absence/Woman of Earth.  Reflections: The Anthropological Muse.  J. Iain Prattis, ed. 154-156.  Washington: American Anthropological Association.


1986a  Keynotes of a Northern Hunting People: an Interpretive Study Guide to the Video, In Doig Peoples Ears: Portrait of a Changing Native Community by Robin Ridington, Howard Broomfield, and Myrna Cobb.  In Anthropology in Praxis, Philip Spaulding, ed. 44-74.  Calgary: Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary.


1987a  Fox and Chicadee.  The American Indian and the Problem of History.  Calvin Martin, ed. 128-135.  New York: Oxford.


1987b  Ethnicity and Cultural Survival: The Omaha Tribe.  Ethnicity and Culture.  Scott MacEachern and Peter H. McCartney, eds., 297-301.  Calgary: Archaeology Association, University of Calgary. 


1990   Receiving the Mark of Honor: An Omaha Ritual of Renewal.  In Religion in Native North America.  Christopher Vecsey, ed.  20-35.  Moscow: University of Idaho Press. 


1990   A Tree that Stands Burning: Reclaiming a Point of View as from the Center.  In Conversations in Anthropology: Anthropology and Literature.  Paul J. Benson, ed.  Urbana: Journal of the Steward Anthropological Society 17(1&2):47-75. 


  1990   El Sonar Y La Busqueda de Visiones Entre Los Indios Beaver.  In Anthropologia Y Experiencias del Sueno.  Michel Perrin, ed.  37-47.  Quito, Ecuador: Coleccion 500 Anos 21 - Ediciones Abya-Yala.  


1990   The Mythic Voice. (catalog notes to Voice in the Blood, an Exhibition of Paintings by Colleen Cutschall:19-21).  Brandon, Manitoba: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. 


1991   On the Language of Benjamin Lee Whorf.  In  Anthropological Poetics.  Ivan Brady, ed. pp. 241-266.  Savage, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. 


1992   Northern Hunters.  In America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus.  Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., ed.  pp. 21-48.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 


1992   A Tree that Stands Burning: Reclaiming a Point of View as from the Center.  In Conversations in Anthropology: Anthropology and Literature.  Paul J. Benson, ed.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press.  (revised from 1990 article)


1992   Legends.  Routledge Encyclopaedia of Commonwealth Literature.  (3pp.)


1992   Introduction to The Omaha Tribe by Alice C. Fletcher and Francis La Flesche.  1-8.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press Bison Books. 



1992   Fieldwork in Courtroom 53: A Witness to Delgamuukw v. A.G. (26 pp.) Proceedings of Delgamuukw and the Aboriginal Land Question - University of Victoria & Office of the Hereditary Chiefs of the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en - September 10-11, 1993 - [also in BC Studies 95:12-24.  1992]


1994  Tools in the Mind: Northern Athapaskan Ecology, Religion and Technology.  Circumpolar Religion and Ecology.  Takashi Irimoto and Takako Yamada, eds. 273-288.  Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.


1994   Dunne-za Stories.  Coming to Light:Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America.  Brian Swann, ed. 176-189.


1995  The Listener: Dreaming the Soundscape with Howard Broomfield.  (Robin and Jillian Ridington).  Listening, Playing Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound.  Carolyn Bereznak Kenny, ed. 282-300.  Albany: State University of New York Press. 


1995   Freedom and Authority: Teaching of the Hunters.  Native Peoples: The Canadian Experience.  Bruce Morrison and C. Roderick Wilson, eds. 232-259.  Toronto: McCLellan and Stewart. 


1995  Braided Stories: Encounters with "The Real Omaha".   Bridges to Humanity: Narratives on Anthropology and Friendship.  Bruce Grindal and Frank Salamone, eds.  131-145.  Prospect Heights, IL.  Waveland Press.


1997   All the Old Spirits Have Come Back to Greet Him: Realizing the Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe.  Present is Past: Some Uses of Tradition in Native Societies.  Marie  Mauze, ed.  159-174.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America. 


1997   "You Think It's a Stump But That's My Grandfather": Narratives of Transformation in Northern North America.  Circumpolar Animism and Shamanism.  Takako Yamada and Takashi Irimoto, eds.  Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press.  101-116. 


1997   Dreams in Native American Cultures.  Dictionnaire de L'esoterism.  Fedora Giordano, ed.  Presses Uniersitaires de France.  (15pp. typescript)


1999   Dogs, Snares and Cartridge Belts: The Poetics of a Northern Athapaskan Narrative Technology.  in Making Culture: Essays on Technological Practice, Politics and World Views.  Marcia-Anne Dobres and Christopher Hoffman, eds.  Smithsonian Institution Press 167-185.


1999   Theorizing Coyote's Cannon: Sharing Stories with Thomas King.  Theorizing the Americanist Tradition.  Regna Darnell and Lisa Valentine, eds.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  pp. 19-37. 


2001    Voice, Narrative and Dialogue: The Persistence of Hunter-gatherer Discourse in North America.  Identity and Gender in Hunting and Gathering Societies: Papers from the CHAGS8 Conference, Natrional Museum of Ethnology, Osaka 1998.  Osaka: Senri Ethnological Studies no.56. Ian Keen and Takako Yamada, eds.  117-132.


2004     Maintaining Dane-zaa Identity: "Those Story I Remember, That's What I   Live by Now." (proceedings of Third International Conference of Northern Studies Association, Sapporo, Japan.  October, 2000)  Osaka: Senri Ethnological Studies no.   Takashi Irimoto and Takako Yamada, eds. 


2005   The Songs of Our Elders: Performance and Cultural Survival in Omaha and    Dane-zaa Traditions.  Robin Ridington, Dennis Hastings, Tommy Attachie.   in Powwow. Edited by Clyde Ellis, Luke Eric Lassiter, and Gary H. Dunham. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 110-129.

 2011 Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington, Patrick Moore, Kate Hennesy and Amber Ridington.  Ethnopoetic Translation in Relation to Audio, Video and New Media Representations.  Born in the Blood, Brian Swann, ed.  University of Nebraska Press.  211-241.

2011  Amber Ridington, Robin Ridington.  Performative Translation and Oral Curation: Ti-Jean/Chezan in Beaverland.  Born in the Blood.  Brian Swann, ed.  University of Nebraska Press.  138-167.

2014    They Dream About Everything: The Last Dreamers of the Dane-zaa.

Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness and Sleep.  Ryan Hurd and Kelly Bulkeley, eds.  Volume 2, pp. 93-208.  ABC-Clio. Santa Barbara

2014  Dane-zaa Oral History: Why It's Not Hearsay.  BC Studies #183: 77-102.

2015  Got Any Grapes?  Reading Thomas King's The Back of the Turtle.  Canadian Literature. 224: 163-68

2015 Reading Andre Alexis' Fifteen Dogs: An ApologueCanadian Literature 225 Summer, 2015: 159-161. 

2017  The Listener: Remembering The Dane-zaa Soundscape Recordings of Howard Broomfield.  BC Studies No. 193, Spring, 2017.  147-161.


Video Documents and Documentaries


In Doig People's Ears: Portrait of A Changing Native Community.  30 minute video version of  audio-visual show -  Howard Broomfield, Jillian Ridington, Myrna Cobb, Robin Ridington.  1984.


Originally an audio documentary by Howard Broomfield, we added slides to create an audio-visual slide show.  It has now been transferred to DVD from an original VHS tape.


Contact the People - 24 minute video realized by Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington, Garry Oker and Stacy Shaak.   October, 2000.  Shown at Third International Conerence of Northern Studies Association,  Sapporo, Japan, October 12, 2000.  Revised 24 minute version with English subtitles for Beaver  language texts presented at Canadian Indigenous Native Studies Association meeting in Saskatoon, June 3, 2001.  (24 min)


The piece was commissioned by the Doig River First Nation.  They hold the copyright.  Robin & Jillian Ridington were ethnographic consultants and did most of the image and audio selection.  The original computer files are not available but it has been transferred to DVD.  See attached paper describing the piece in detail. 


The Otter Man’s Prophecy – Garry Oker, Jillian Ridington, Stacy Shaak, Robin Ridington – Shown at CHAGS 9, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11, 2002.  (24 min)


The piece came out of a conversation between Jillian Ridington and May Apsassin and also includes footage of Garry Oker at Charlie Lake Cave.  It was realized in the same way as Contact The People as a hands-on collaboration between Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington, Garry Oker and Stacy Shaak.  Doig River First Nation holds the copyright.  It is available on DVD. 


Finding  Gayęą's Grave - 16 minute document of a search for the grave of the Dreamer who died in 1923.  2004  Robin Ridington


This was Robin Ridington's first independent video.  It documents a trip to find the Dreamer Gayęą's grave with Gerry Attachie, May Apsassin, Tommy Attachie and Eddie Apsassin, with Robin & Jillian Ridington Amber Ridington, Kate Hennessy, as well as Dane-zaa youth working on the Dane-wajich project.  Shot in DV.  Robin edited it in iMovie.  It is available on DVD.  Robin holds the copyright.  There are beautiful shots of the former Reserve land and interviews on location with Gerry Attachie and Eddie Apsassin.


The World Will Listen To My Voice - 24 minute subtitled translation of Charlie Yahey's creation story by Billy Attachie set against video background of environmental scenes - 2006 - Robin Ridington


Billy Attachie translated a version of Charlie Yahey's creation story (CY11) and Robin inserted his text cued to the original audio.  It was Robin's first experiment with this technique (described in a chapter in Brian Swann's Born in the Blood.)  He did it in iMovie (with some difficulty since the program is not well suited to placing subtitles that accurately).  Robin now works in Final Cut Express.  The video component is a variety of environmental scenes, mostly from fall and winter.  Robin has shared this with Gerald Yahey, Charlie Yahey's oldest grandson, and received his approval of the project.  Robin holds the copyright. 


2015 updated version with new video content

        Dane-zaa Creation Story told by Charlie Yahey - Translated by Billy

       Attachie - (protected by password dzfn)


They Dream About Everything – Garry Oker, Stacy Shaak, Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington &  Dane-zaa Elders.  2002 (50 min.)


This was by far the most complex (and the last) collaboration between Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington, Garry Oker and Stacy Shaak.  It contains some remarkable experimental techniques by Stacy but because of difficulties that developed working with Stacy, was not completed to our full satisfaction.  Stacy did it in Final Cut Pro but was not able to make his working files available to Doig.  Nonetheless, Garry took the working DVD to Eagle Vision in Fort St John and they were able to edit a version that is quite powerful and effective.  It is available on DVD.  Doig River First Nation holds the copyright.


Doig Days, 2009 - 16 minute document of annual event - Robin Ridington


This is a simple lightly edited document of an annual event with good images of Doig people demonstrating traditional hide working and food processing techniques.  Shot in HD.  Robin did it in Final Cut Express and it is available on DVD.  It could be transferred to H.264 for web viewing if necessary.  Robin holds the copyright.


Kuu Gruti Alin Ku Charlie Yahey translated by Billy Attachie


The last Dreamer, Charlie Yahey, speaks about even animals praying to Heaven.  3:30 minutes.  The text is cued to the 1966 audio recorded by Robin Ridington against a visual portrait of Charlie Yahey.  Final Cut Express.  DVD & H.264.  Video by Robin Ridington.  Copyright held by Robin Ridington. 


Nenan Youth and Elders Camp 2009 - 36 minute document of event - Robin Ridington for Nenan Dane-zaa Deh Zona


Robin was hired by Nenan Dane-zaa Deh Zona as facilitator and videographer at the 2009 youth and elders camp.  He shot it in HD video and edited in Final Cut Express.  It is a comprehensive selection of events and talk by youth and elders coming together to facilitate Nenan taking over First Nations children and family services from the provincial ministry.  It is available on DVD.  Nenan holds the copyright.


Nenan Youth and Elders Camp 2010 - 32 minute document of event - Robin Ridington for Nenan Dane-zaa Deh Zona


Robin also participated in and documented the 2010 youth and elders camp.  It has interesting footage of a dramatic realization of a story Johnny Chipesia told Robin.  It also has footage of the Minister of Children and Family Development, Mary Polak, speaking to the camp and later cutting moosemeat with youth and elders.  It is in HD video and was edited in Final Cut Express.  Nenan holds the copyright. 


Tsááyaa and the Loon - Story Told by Sam Acko at Nenan Camp, 2010


The Nenan camp usually includes a story telling session in the evening.  Doig Elder Sam Acko told the story of Tsááyaa and the loon.  The 8 minute video is in HD and shows the ambience of a fireside story-telling session to a crowd of young people.  Robin edited in Final Cut Express.  It could be transferred to H.264.  It is available in DVD.  Robin holds the copyright but use would also require the consent of Nenan and Sam Acko.

Tsááyaa and the Snakeman- Nenan Camp 2010

As part of the Nenan camp activities, a group of young people directed by Juritha Owens created a dramatic rendition of a story about Tsááyaa and the Snakeman that Johnny Chipesia told Robin Ridington in English in 1966.  Robin did a video in HD of the performance.  14 Minutes.  It is available in H.264 and DVD.  Nenan holds the copyright. 

A Tree For My People - 5 minute realization of Charlie Yahey text translated by Billy Attachie   Robin Ridington for Nenan Dane-zaa Deh Zona - 2010

Robin combined footage from a Dreamers Dance at the 2010 Nenan Youth and Elders Camp with audio and a subtitled translation by Billy Attachie of Charlie Yahey talking about listening to the Dreamers.  The video is in HD.  Robin recorded the audio in 1966.  The video is framed with short narratives by May Apsassin.  It combines contemporary video footage with an image of Charlie Yahey and his words in translation cued to the audio.  Available in H.264 and DVD.  Copyright held by Nenan Dane-zaa Deh Zona. 


Dokesachiin and the Giant Animal: Story by Aku, 1968  (Translated by Billy Attachie) - Video realized 2011

Robin Ridington recorded Doig elder Aku telling a story about the the father of Duukʼihsachę, a pre-contact Dreamer, and his power from giant animals.  Billy Attachie translated it into English.  The video presents the text of this story as subtitles cued to the audio against a visual background portrait of Aku.  Final Cut Express.  Available in DVD and H.264. 


Doig River Cultural Days Festival 2016 (password drfn)

The Last Dreamer - Charlie Yahey's grandson Randy Yahey tells about his  grandfather life as a Dreamer with his songs as background.  Incorporates the Dreamer's own words translated by Billy Attachie.  (password dzfn)

Dane-zaa Creation Story told by Charlie Yahey - Translated by Billy Attachie

(protected by password dzfn)


The Listener: Howard Broomfield's Dane-zaa Soundscape Recordings

2016  Robin and Jillian Ridington (in press - BC Studies)

Dane Wajich - Dane-zaa Stories & Songs

Virtual Museum of Canada Website (consultant and advisor) Amber Ridington, Kate Hennessy & Doig River Elders

Ridington/Dane-zaa Archive


Audio, video and still images, as well as many texts, have been digitally archived.  Google Dane-zaa archive for URL.  Contact Robin Ridington for information about access to site 


Audio Documentaries

"Soundwalk To Heaven" (50 min).  Howard Broomfield and  Robin Ridington.  CFRO Vancouver 1979.


"Trails of the Dunne-za: A Suite of Four Radio Pieces"(four 5 min pieces).  Howard Broomfield, Jillian Ridington,      Robin Ridington.  CBC  Our Native Land  1980.


"Suffering Me Slowly" (60 min).  Howard Broomfield, Jillian Ridington,  Robin Ridington, consultant.  CBC  The Hornby Collection  1981.    


"Nextdoor Neighbors" (30 min).  Howard Broomfield, Robin Ridington.  CFRO Vancouver 1981.


"Old Time Religion" (60 min).  Howard Broomfield, Robin  Ridington. 1982.  Presented as a slide-tape  docu-drama at the 1982 Canadian Ethnology Society meetings.


"In Doig People's Ears" (42 min).  Howard Broomfield, Robin Ridington Consultant.  1983.  Composed for  a conference on The Sociology of Music: An Exploration of Issues.  Trent University: August, 1983. 


"Gonna Be A Blessing For A Long Time To Come: A Recollection of the 155th Annual Omaha Tribal Pow-wow"  (45 min) Robin Ridington, Jillian Ridington, Howard Broomfield.  1985.


"Miracle" (27 min).  Robin Ridington.  1988.  Presented to American Anthropological Association session on "narrative ethnography," November, 1988.


        "Why Baby Why" (21 min).  Robin Ridington and Jillian Ridington,

         1990.  To accompany    paper in special issue of Canadian Journal of

         Native Studies.


        Dane-zaa Dreamers' Songs, 1966-2000 Volume One.  Suu Na chii K'chi

        ge (The Place Where Happiness Dwells).  Garry Oker, Robin Ridington,

        Stacy Shaak.