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Trail of the Spirit

Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed

by George Blondin

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category: History
published: 2006
publisher: NeWest Press
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Trail of the Spirit: The Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed

The late Dene elder, George Blondin, came from a long line of Dene medicine men. In this book, he has written down numerous stories from the Dene oral tradition explaining what is medicine power, how it is acquired and, most importantly, how it has been and is to be used. This is a unique account of Dene culture and mystical and spiritual beliefs, since few medicine men today are willing to share their knowledge even amongst their own people. From the thirteen laws handed down by Yamoria, to lessons on forgiveness from his brother Yamagah, to stories of stewardship of nature, appropriate sexual thoughts and behaviour, and the correct raising of children, this book is full of lessons useful not only to the Dene but to all people.

Blondin wrote numerous columns for News/North and The Old Man with the Otter Medicine.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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In this new collection of stories, Dene Elder George Blondin defines medicine power, a gift from the Creator for the Dene way of life. Although medicine power has existed since before time began, here Blondin focuses on the past two hundred years, to show how it has shaped the Dene culture.


Some are lucky enough to be born with, and the medicine power that some receive after birth or are taught by other medicine power people. This collection of stories and examples of Dene individuals who lived throughout history shows that there is a danger of losing the longstanding tradition of medicine power. Although this power can be used for both creation and destruction, it must be preserved as a vital element of the Dene way of life.

In The Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed, Blondin is our storyteller—bringing medicine power to life with true stories from Dene history. Blondin explains medicine power clearly, and brings a better understanding of this extraordinary phenomenon into the world. Includes a foreword by Richard Van Camp.

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George Blondin

A respected Elder and storyteller, George Blondin maintains the storytelling traditions of the Dene people. He is the author of several books where he depicts the tales of medicine heroes, hunters and healers who have forged Dene history. George currently resides in Behchoko, NWT where he continues to share and write the stories of the Dene people.
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