About The Project - In Memory : Billy Makadahay

About The Project | IN MEMORY


Doig River First Nation's Dedication:
This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of important Doig River elders and community members no longer living. We honour their lives by remembering and practicing what they taught us.

  • Ray Aku
  • Akully Davis Acko
  • Jack Acko
  • Albina (Abu) Acko
  • Saviour Stoney
  • Molly (Mary Acko) Apsassin
  • Charlotte Acko
  • Eskama (Mrs. Jack Acko)
  • Mary Pouce Coupe (Naachin)
  • Lena Pouce Coupe
  • Murray Attachie
  • Alice Ben Attachie
  • Dick Attachie
  • Ronald Attachie
  • Mackenzie Ben
  • Anno Davis (Daedama)
  • Francis Leg (Aki)
  • John Davis
  • Pat Davis
  • David Davis
  • Tommy Davis Sr.
  • Tar Davis (a.k.a. Tommy Davis Jr.)
  • Mary Davis Dominic (Daeda)
  • Charlie Dominic
  • Tommy Dominic
  • Darren Dominic (Chucky)
  • Chief Succona
  • George Succona
  • Sally Makadahay
  • Billy Makadahay
  • Oker
  • Alice Moccasin-Askoty
  • Albert Askoty (Mague)
  • Charlie Yahey
  • Anachuan (Bella Yahey)
  • Mary Harvey (Maeli)

Billy Makadahay (Feb 27, 1904 - 1970)

Alááʔ S̱atǫ (Peterson's Crossing), 2006
Looking towards Alááʔ S̱atǫ (Peterson's Crossing) where Billy Makadahay lived. May, 2006. Catalog # DZVMCARDP-5-18-06-095.

Billy's father, Felix Makadahay, died when he was very young, and he was brought up by the Dreamer Oker, the brother of his mother, Hazhizle. He learned the traditional songs and stories from Oker.

Although Billy died more than a quarter-century ago, his beautiful voice still sings for the Dane-zaa people on cassettes and CDs. Billy's voice was so strong that when he took the lead, you could hear him singing far into the bush. Billy was the powerful voice of many a Dane-zaa tea dance.