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Food from the Caribou

Respect for the Bones

2:26 min. - Placing leftovers on the cache is a sign of respect for the caribou. Naturally we want the hunter to keep being successful, but most of all, we want to show the caribou that we're taking good care of it.


Antoine Mark - "I won't discard you, snow, I'll use you again later, I still need you." I speak to the snow out of respect, it's also part of my universe.
Kanikuen Gabriel - Let's put the leftovers into the cache over there. We make this gesture out of respect for the caribou. Of course we want the hunter to continue being successful, but we especially want to show the caribou that we take good care of it. By doing this, we make sure that the hunter will be successful and won't have trouble.
In fact, by respecting the caribou as we do, we ensure it's cooperation. This cache is for caribou bones only.
After this gesture, we'll have no worries, we'll sleep well. We make another kind of cache to preserve the meat.

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