Places - Sweeney Creek

Places | SWEENEY CREEK


 

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Stories
 
Tommy Attachie, 2005

Tommy Attachie, telling about Dane-zaa people and Dreamers gathering at Sweeney Creek, 2005.
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Tommy Attachie, 2005

Tommy Attachie, talking about the Dreamer Makéts'awéswąą at Sweeney Creek, 2005.

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Margaret Attachie, 2005

Margaret Attachie, talking about camping at Sweeney Creek in her youth. Doig River, 2005.

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Songs
 
Albert Askoty singing Gaayęą's Prairie Chicken Song, 1990s.

Albert Askoty singing the Dreamer Gaayęą's "Prairie Chicken Song," 1990s.

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Doig River Drummers singing a song by the Dreamer Makéts'awéswąą

Tommy Attachie and the Doig River Drummers singing a song by the Dreamer Makéts'awéswąą, Doig River, 2004.

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Doig River Drummers singing Gaayęą's 'Prairie Chicken Song,' 2004.

Tommy Attachie and the Doig River Drummers singing the Dreamer Gaayęą's "Prairie Chicken Song," Doig River, 2004.

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Sweeney Creek Photos:  
 

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The Sweeney Creek area, located just east of the British Columbia-Alberta border, is one of the places we would gather seasonally to hunt, camp and learn from our Dreamers as they traveled across our lands.

Elder Margaret Attachie remembers camping at Sweeney Creek in her youth in the 1940s and '50s. Her family would set up a seasonal base camp there. She recalls spending time tanning hides and doing the beadwork that she would often trade for groceries and supplies.

As he traveled between his people in Alberta and British Columbia to share his prophecies and dreams, the Dreamer Gaayęa used a trail that later became the first wagon trail through this area. The old wagon trail is now expanded into a road, but we still use parts of the old trail, unaffected by the road, to access our traditional hunting and camping grounds.

Elder Tommy Attachie tells the story of Gaayęa bringing back his Prairie Chicken Song from Heaven while camping at Sweeney Creek in 1922. We continue to sing this song today at our Dreamers' Dances. Listen to two different recordings of this song; one sung by Charlie Yahey in 1966 and the other sung by Albert Askoty in the 1990s.

Tommy Attachie also recalls the story of Makéts'awéswąą becoming a Dreamer after dying and coming back to life while passing through the Sweeney Creek area. We still sing many of Makéts'awésąą's songs today.

The Sweeney Creek area, like many others, is sacred to us because of the Dreamers who spent time there with our people.