The essays in part 1 feature the Ridingtons’ audio work as well as Jillian’s reflections on her relationships with Dane-zaa women. The authors use a narrative style to lead the reader to an understanding of First Nations' oral and written traditions. The essays in parts 2 and 3 are more scholarly and comparative and draw on ethnographic experience. They speak to one or more theoretical issues and discuss First Nations traditions beyond the Dane-zaa, but always from within the context of shared ethnographic authority. Students of anthropology, folklore, and Native studies can hear samples of audio compositions from the Dane-zaa archive by downloading audio files from the University of Nebraska Press Web site.
Jillian Ridington is a producer and writer of radio documentaries, many focused on the culture of the Dane-zaa First Nation. She is the coauthor (with Robin Ridington) of People of the Trail: How the Northern Forest Indians Lived.