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Early Winter Trapping

Photo of Elder Harriet Mark

Harriet Mark

“Beaver was the main animal trapped. They stay under the ice during the winter. They make comfortable, dry lodges. That’s where they eat. They bring home food, just like people do. They gather branches and trees after the leaves are gone, and take them into their lodge for the winter.”


- Sarah Wapachee, Hattie Moses and Harry Moses


Beaver

“We lived a good life along the river because of beaver. Once they smell the branches along the river, they can’t help coming here.”

Cindy Coonishish skinning a beaver with a bone flesher.

Florrie Mark-Stewart roasting beaver, a much favoured food.

 

Beaver pelts hanging  outside to dry.

Beaver pelts hanging outside to dry.

Sarah Wapachee and Jamie Stevens lacing  a beaver pelt to a stretcher.

Sarah Wapachee and Jamie Stevens lacing a beaver pelt to a stretcher.