Joe M. Mantla
Advisory Council Member
Joe Mantla or Cowboy Joe as he is widely known, to differentiate him from at least 4 other Joe Mantlas, was appointed to the Tłįchǫ Odaɂa Advisory Council in 2013. He is 68 years old and with his wife Mary Rose, has raised 4 children in Behchokǫ̀. He is originally from Marion village where he was born and raised. Joe went to residential school for only two years so most of his life has been spent learning on the land, hunting, trapping and fishing. Joe began working as a Cultural Program On-the-Land Instructor in the Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in 1995, and since then he has been involved in many cultural trips and activities with all ages of students. Joe has been particularly active on the Trails of our Ancestors summer canoe trips and on the orientation trips to the Barrenlands. Joe has many wonderful skills that he is able to teach students as well as a vast collection of histories and stories that he has heard over the years.