The Nahanni watershed has been recognized as a place of value for millenia. A place of nourishment, shelter and spiritual significance, the Nahanni region has been home to the Dene for thousands of years. Since contact with Europeans, a new set of values lured people into the Nahanni country. Europeans arriving in the early 1800s recognized the uncharted territory as a place of potential wealth.
My favourite way to start the day in summer is sitting on the deck of our log house in the boreal forest of the Northwest Territories, sipping a coffee, listening to the birds and watching the squirrels’ antics. Late in the season, the squirrels are continuously zipping up spruce trees with chunks of mushrooms as big as themselves, setting them on the outer reaches of the branches to dry and store for the winter.