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Food from the Caribou


2:52 min. - Nomads take great care to wrap the food carefully in birch bark, a leakproof material. Then they place the packet in a cache.


Narrator - The meat cache was built from a long-term perspective. The idea was to store food in it, which we could eat when we came by this place again.
Thus, you had to know what to store and what to bring with you, an essential issue for a nomad. We were careful to wrap the food completely in birch bark, an airtight material.
Jean-Baptiste Bellefleur - My packet of meat is ready, it's strong and airtight, ready to go into the cache.
Narrator - Next, we covered the wrapped packets of food in moss. Because of its humidity, moss freezes easily and makes an airtight wrapping.
Lastly, we finished with small tree trunks to make sure no animals came to devour our supplies.
Jean-Baptiste Bellefleur - That's the right height for the cache, because we'll be coming back here in December. The snow will be about knee-high by then.

1 Comment

Clément des Rosiers 4 years, 6 months ago

Je me doutais bien que des peuples comme les Innus devaient être créatifs, ingénieux et courageux pour avoir, non pas survécu mais bien vécu, en développant une culture à "modèle durable" sur une période du plusieurs millénaires, sans polluer leur TERRE !!! sous un climat pas très méditerranéen !?!.
Les informations données sur ce site sont d'une richesse anthropologique incroyable même si les participants des vidéos s'abreuvent désormais à la technologie du fer et flirtent à la société de consommation. Chez les vieux surtout, on sent bien leur profond attachement au territoire et leurs valeurs spirituelles animistes et humanistes (Philosophie naturelle)
Que Kiche Manito les protège et leur pardonne de donner dans une religion catholique qui les a déjà fait, qui les fait et qui les fera encore souffrir! ( de quoi je me mêle encore...?)

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shiutau uiashinu
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tshishtaimu uiashinu
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tshissakanua uina
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uikutaimu uina
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