Moose to Moccasins: Story of Ka Kita Wa Pa No Kwe by Madeline Katt Theriault

By Madeline Katt Theriault

Having been born in a tent on endure Island, Lake Temagami, in 1908, Madeline Katt Theriault might remember an previous self sufficient and conventional First international locations way of life. during this publication, the overdue writer proudly tells of her adolescence and coming of age by means of sharing her brilliant thoughts and drawing on unparalleled previous relations photos. In her personal phrases, she writes of a time some time past -- a time that used to be tough, yet no longer with no own rewards. "Moose to Moccasins is a extraordinary account through Madeline Theriault, or Ka Kita Wa Pa No Kwe ('Wise Day Woman'), who, in her personal phrases, has lived 'in either cultures, Indian and white man's.' From her beginning within the Temagami quarter in 1908, to her existence in North Bay within the Seventies and Eighties, she takes the reader on a amazing trip. We shuttle throughout the bush together with her as a tender woman. 'We killed animals purely whilst wanted and lets drink water wherever. Our camp used to be continually clean; clean balsam branches for our beds and flooring within the camp. Such full of life smells and the air used to be pure.' We step again into one other century, into one other universe. there's a wealth of data in those pages a few humans, and a lifestyle, approximately which so much non-Natives recognize virtually nothing."- Donald B. Smith, Professor of heritage, college of Calgary

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After New Year's all trappers went back to their own trapping grounds till the next May. 46 I remember much of the first year we trapped.. On one of our travels to Florence Lake to hunt we came across a black bear swimming across the lake. We ran him close to the shore and my husband shot him. We pulled him out of the water, skinned him and cut off the fat. I cooked it down to make the oil. My husband asked, "How are we going to keep this oil? " Anyway, I went to work and cleaned yards and yards of bear's intestines.

If you don't stock up before snow falls you soon discover how hard it is to dig moss under snow, especially with the ground being frozen then too. This is what I mean when I say you have to study a lot of things about what to do ahead of time when living in the wilderness, off the land and nature, as we did in days gone by. The Burden expedition IN 1928 WE WORKED IN THE MAKING OF A MOVIE called 'Silent Enemy:' a semi-documentary of the Indian way of life and their struggle to survive. This, one of the last silent films ever made, became known as the Burden Expedition.

As he came in, the first thing he said was, "I am sorry I am late. " "Well, I shot down seven moose. That is what kept me late," said Alex. "I had to clean those seven moose, remove the insides and bury them under the snow. " Next morning we started early. We took our blankets, a few groceries and a cooking outfit. We arrived where the moose 54 were killed. First thing we did is to put up our camp. We looked for a cut rock and set a lean-to against the rock and made a fire so the heat would throw back into our lean-to.

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