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"There is pure gold here for those who want to understand the rules of the old ways. . . . [The book] has a convincing sureness, an intensity which cannot be denied, a strong sense of family. . . . Candidly, and often with sly humour, the three women discuss early white-Indian relations, the Klondike gold rush, the epidemics, the starvation, the healthy and wealthy times, and building of the Alaska Highway. . . . Integrity is here, and wisdom. There is no doubting the authenticity of the voices. As women, they had power and they used it wisely, and through their words and Cruikshank's skills, you will change your mind if you think the anthropological approach to oral history can only be dull."—Barry Broadfoot, Toronto Globe and Mail
— Barry Broadfoot
Introduction: Life History and Life Stories
Part I: My Stories Are My Wealth / Angela
Part II: My Roots Grow in Jackpine Roots /
Part III: Old-Style Words Are Just Like School /
Cultural Constructions of Individual Experience
Glossary of Native Terms
Map 1. Languages spoken in southern Yukon Territory
Figure 1. Partial family tree of Deisheetaan ancestors of Mrs.
Figure 2. Partial family tree of Dakl'aweidi ancestors of Mrs.
Figure 3. Partial family tree of ancestors of Mrs. Kitty Smith
Figure 4. Partial family tree of ancestors of Mrs. Annie Ned