Friday, March 16th, 2012
Deline, Northwest Territories, Canada
I spent most of today at a traditional skills seminar was held in the Deline community hall to research a story on the challenges of building an economy in small northern communities.
Everyone from elders to the local wildlife officer was there to talk to kids about traditional skinning and trapping and how it fits into today’s world. Elders taught teenagers and adults how to prepare moose and caribou hides.
At another station, the wildlife officer, a local Dene man himself, talked about everything from preparing the skin of small game to how traditional hunting and trapping, even in today’s world, can help to support a family.