About the Gwich’in
â€śWe are caribou people.Â Caribou are not just what we eat; they are who we are.Â They are in our stories and songs and the whole way we see the world.Â Caribou are our life.Â Without caribou we wouldnâ€™t existâ€ť.Â ~Sarah James
About the Gwichâ€™in
The Gwich’in are the northernmost Indian Nation living in fifteen small villages scattered across a vast area extending from northeast Alaska in the U.S. to the northern Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada.
The word “Gwichâ€™in” means “people of the land,” and it refers to a people who have lived in the region since before the U.S. and Canada existed. Today, the Gwichâ€™in homelands span both countries. Oral tradition indicates the Gwich’in have occupied this area since time immemorial, or, according to conventional belief, as long as 20,000 years.