The caribou provides us with everything: food, clothing, tools, etc. It is an archetypal element of subsistence for the Innu, providing nomads with essential supplies for life in the bush. We have therefore developed ways to understand it. As soon as they finish setting up camp, hunters have already started scouting. No sound, sign, reflection or movement escapes them. The wind makes a sound: is it a rock? Lichen? A caribou? We must go and see.
2:11 min - Before setting out to visit the land and hunt, we settle comfortably in a place close to water, protected from ...
2:38 min - Traditional teachings instilled the knowledge to find one’s bearings in the dark, alone in the forest, guided only by ...
Tracks and Bearings
10:17 min - The caribou begins to shed the velvet covering its anthers. It digs and unearths females’ urine. That’s what you ...
2:10 min - In October, nights are cold and the hunter has access to tracks frozen into the lichen to see where the ...
2:14 min - “In my dream, there was a caribou trail. My grandfather was sitting at the end of the trail. And my ...
Losing the Trail
2:45 min - Hunters can easily lose the caribou’s trail. In that case, they return to camp to consult the drummer.
Covenant with Papakassiku
2:54 min - The foundations of respect for Papakassiku are based on the universal notion: “whatever you do to someone else will ...