Mason is a Tłįchǫ filmmaker and musician from Behchokǫ̀. At 20, Mason has spent the last two years trying to reconnect himself with the Tłįchǫ culture and language. He is the father of a three year-old and has high hopes for the future of his community.
What is Tlicho
The Tłı̨chǫ First Nation, formerly known as the Dogrib, are a Dene Aboriginal Canadianpeople living in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada. The name Dogrib is an English adaptation of their own name, Tłı̨chǫ Done (or Thlingchadinne) - “Dog-Flank People”, referring to their fabled descent from a supernatural dog-man. Like their Dene neighbours they called themselves oft simply Done (“person”, “human”) or Done Do (“People, i.e. Dene People”). To the land they were living on and from, they were deeply connected which is illustrated in their name for it - Ndé (or Dé, Né)
There are now six settlements with Dogrib populations or mostly of Dogrib background: Behchoko (formerly Rae-Edzo), Whati (Lac la Martre), Gameti (Rae Lakes), Wekweeti (Snare Lake), Dettah, and N'Dilo (a subcommunity of Yellowknife, known by the Tłįchǫ as Somba K'e- "where the money is").
The Tłı̨chǫ Yatıı̀ or Dogrib language belongs to the Athabaskan languages which are part of theNa-Dené languages family. The dialect spoken in the communities of Dettah and N'Dilo developed from intermarriage between Yellowknives and Tłįchǫ.