Resources - Dane-zaa Culture And History




To learn more about our community at Doig River visit our website:

Culture & History Photos:  

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To learn about our moose hunting traditions, visit our webpage:
Hadaa ka Naadzet: The Dane-zaa Moose Hunt Website

Selected bibliography about Dane-zaa culture:

Brody, Hugh. 1981. Maps and Dreams. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre.

Burley, David, Scott Hamilton and Knut Fladmark. 1996. Prophecy of the Swan: Fur Trade History of the Upper Peace River Valley, 1794-1823. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Goddard, Pliny Earle. 1916. "The Beaver Indians." Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History. 10.4.

Ridington, Robin. 1988. Trail to Heaven. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre
For a list of Dr. Robin Ridington's extensive publications on Dane-zaa Culture since 1968 see:

Roe, Steve and Students of Northern Lights College. 2003. "'If the Story Could be Heard': Colonial Discourse and the Surrender of Indian Reserve 172." BC Studies. 138/139: 115-135.


For a summary of historical events in our region since our first contact with white people see:

A Gallop through our Peace Region History


Thinking it would secure their lands from outsiders, eight of our Dane-zaa chiefs signed Treaty No. 8 in 1900 at Fort St. John. For more information about Treaty No. 8 please see the following:

Treaty No. 8 Documents

Timeline: Treaty No. 8 and our Reserve Land Rights


In 1998, our First Nation, along with the Blueberry River First Nation, were compensated for the loss of our traditional lands at Suunéch'ii Kéch'iige (Montney). Read more about this momentous and precedent setting court case:

Blueberry River Indian Band v. Canada


Archaeological studies at Charlie Lake Cave, located just west of Suunéch'ii Kéch'iige (Montney), show that Aboriginal people inhabited our lands in northeastern British Columbia more than 10,000 years ago. The history of our people reaches back into this "long ago" archaeological era. Our history is also documented in the early historic period when explorers and fur traders came to our land and relied on us to trap and hunt for them.

Charlie Lake Cave Excavations

Early Fur Trade Forts of the Peace River Area. Article by Knut Fladmark, BG STUDIES, no. 65, Spring 1985.