«With the passing of many of our Elders, the telling of these stories becomes more valuable than ever.» — Raymond Yakeleya The Tree by the Woodpile is a story about a First Nations boy who is told an enchanting tale by his grandmother about how an old tree by the woodpile provides food and shelter for the birds and animals of the North. The story is suffused with Newet'sine, the Creator and Spirit of Nature, who brings a message of how we must to cherish our land. The Tree is written in English and Dene for middle-grade children, ages 7 to 12. Other stories in the book are «The Wolf,» and «The Mountain, the Wind, and the Wildflowers.»
Raymond Yakeleya is an award winning Dene television Producer, Director and Writer. Raymond is originally from Tulita (formally Fort Norman) in the central Northwest Territories. For the last 18 years, he's called Edmonton his home.
Raymond has over 30 years in the television industry. The documentary films he has made with Bill have been selected for showing at festivals around the world including the John Grierson Film Festival, the Robert Faherty Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, as well as the Museum of the American Indian in New York and the British Museum of Mankind in London. He has won national and international awards for his work.
Raymond has always believed that Canada's First Nations people need to have a voice in mainstream media in order to tell their people's stories, their way. With the passing of many of Elders, the telling of these stories has become even more important.