The Slave Indians (also known as the Slavey or Etchareotinne) are a First Nation indigenous
to northern Alberta
and adjacent parts of British Columbia
and the Northwest Territories
. They don't call themselves "Slave," but "Dene Tha"
i.e. "woodland people. There are 55 known bands which are considered part of the Slave nation. Traditionally, they consider the musk-ox
a sacred animal, and the staples of their diet traditionally consisted of moose
, and fish
The Great Slave Lake and the Lesser Slave Lake get their names from this tribe.
The Dene Tha are ethnically and linguistically Athapaskan/Dene, and are related to the Piegan, the Blood, and the Blackfeet.
The Tsattine ("Beaver People") are often considered to be Slave Indians, but they consider themselves a separate nation.