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Location: Mackenzie Territory Canada

Kawchodinne Tribe

Kawchodinne Indians, Kawchodinne People, Kawchodinne First Nation (ka ‘hare’, cho ‘great’, dinne ‘people’: ‘people of the great hares’). An Athapascan tribe dwelling north of Great Bear Lake, Mackenzie Territory, Canada, on Mackenzie river, the lakes east of it, and Anderson river. Mackenzie said they were a small tribe residing on Peace river, who spoke the language of the Chipewyan and derived their name from the Arctic hare, their chief means of support. At another time 1Mackenzie, Mass. Hist. Coll., II, 43, 1814 he placed them on Porcupine river, Alaska. Franklin 2Franklin, Journ. to Polar Sea, 261, 1824 placed them immediately north of the Thlingchadinne on the north side of the outlet of Bear lake. Back 3Back, Journal, 497, 1833-35 located them on Mackenzie river as far north as 68°. Richardson 4Richardson, Arct. Exped., II, 3, 1851 gave their habitat as the banks of Mackenzie river from Slave lake downward. Hind 5Hind, Lab. Penin., II, 261, 1863 said they resorted to Ft Norman and Ft Good Hope on the Mackenzie, and also to Ft Yukon, Alaska. Ross 6Ross, MS., B. A. E. said they resided in 1859 in the country surrounding Ft Good Hope on Mackenzie river, extending beyond the Arctic circle, where they came in contact with the Kutchin, with whom by intermarriage they have formed the tribe of Bastard Loucheux (Nellagottine). Petitot 7Petitot, Dict. Dènè-Dindjie, XX, 1876 said the Kawchodinne...

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