Cycle of Seasons
the old Dene perspective, all the seasons were cherished.
The spring held great promise of a productive summer and
to prepare for the winter. The cycle is reflected in the
activities around the seasons. Each season is different
and unpredictable for example; not one summer is identical.
Each season brings forward different challenges and prosperity.
The stories of the Dene reflect the changes of the seasons
and the caribou migration pattern in each one and stories
of hunting expeditions. The people are very happy to see
another season because they know that it gives a renewed
strength and a hope to survive into the next season. Just
as the animals would prepare for the long winter months,
the Dene people also had to do the same. The cycle of
life and the cycle of the seasons can not be observed
as separate elements of life. The seasons are remembered
by what has taken place in each season whether they were
destructive or pleasant like the birth of children or