Circle of Belonging
believe that everything evolves. The family is the center
part of a circle and from there the people embrace the
rest of the world. A family belongs to a group and the
group belongs to the land. The Dene used to name their
clan after the land on which they lived, for example the
group of Dene people to the northeast of Saskatchewan
are called "sayizi" because they dwell in the
area where a strong cool wind derives. The concept of
"the land" is not mere land and soil but all
those elements that envelope the world; the water, plants,
animals and sky. All these elements are synthesis of the
complex whole. Nature and the Dene people are as one.
They have depended on one another for centuries and one
change can affect the balance of a whole.