Episode Five / Takastepanichikewin Niyanan
MOOSE FACTORY ISLAND
Here we are in Moose Factory, Mushkegowuk Territory, and by the way, there are no factories with moose in them. Knowledge Keeper, Paul McLead, is going to teach us how to make a Cree traditional lean-to and to spring cast, a common fishing technique, used up here. We’re supposed to catch our breakfast, but we don’t really see that happening.
Meet the Knowledge Keeper
Knowledge Keeper Name: Paul McLead
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Trout Fishing up South Bluff Creek.. with a hot frying pan over an open fire, a few feet away…
Who is your role model/hero? My Mom.
Words to live by/favorite traditional teaching: “I don’t care how you feel, or how bruised you are, you still get up and do what is right!!!”
Spear fishing was a common technique used by our ancestors. Today, people rely on fishing poles. Not many people know how to spear fish, but our Aski Helper does! Watch this video to learn how. Parental guidance is required.
First Nation Name
Moose Cree First Nation (formely the Moose Factory First Nation)
Moose Factory is located approximately 850 kilometres north ofToronto, and 250 kilometres north of the nearest main highway. There is no road access to Moose Factory, but there are several alternatives that make getting here an adventure in and of itself.
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