About The Project - Project Team : Tommie Attachie

About The Project | PROJECT TEAM


Below is a collection of community members and participants that made this project possible. Click on each photo thumbnail to learn more about each person.

  • Amy Acko
  • Sam Acko
  • Robin Acko
  • Starr Acko
  • Eddie Apsassin
  • Mark Apsassin
  • May Apsassin
  • Johnny Askoty
  • Billy Attachie
  • Chief Gerry Attachie
  • Margaret Attachie
  • Tommy Attachie
  • Peter Biella
  • Brittany Brinkworth
  • Charmayne Brinkworth
  • Chief Kelvin Davis
  • Madeline Davis
  • Rosie Field
  • Kate Hennessy
  • Verena Hofmann
  • Julia Miller
  • Margie Miller
  • Patrick Moore
  • Chief Gary Oker
  • Madeleine Oker
  • Amber Ridington
  • Jillian Ridington
  • Robin Ridington

Tommy Attachie
Elder, Song-keeper, Oral Historian, Project Advisor

Tommy Attachie
Tommy Attachie, Petersen's Crossing, 2005. Catalog # (TOMMY)DZVMCPMDP-6-29-05-E012

My name's Tom Attachie. I'm fifty-eight year old.
When I was young, I want to drum.
I want to drum. I like to drum with people.
And finally I grow up and I started drumming and now,
I start, I'm a song leader.

Tommy Attachie has been singing Dreamers' songs since he was a young man. He learned from the masters: Charlie Yahey, Billy Makadahay, Charlie Dominic, Albert Askoty. From Albert, Tommy inherited the role of song-keeper. His Christian faith, combined with his knowledge of traditional Dane-zaa teachings, make him an inspiration and role model for younger people. Tommy knows the songs and the stories that go with them. He knows Dane-zaa territory. He knows the language. These skills make him an ideal teacher for the coming generations. (Robin Ridington)