By Madeline Katt Theriault
Having been born in a tent on endure Island, Lake Temagami, in 1908, Madeline Katt Theriault may perhaps keep in mind an past self sufficient and conventional First countries way of life. during this e-book, the overdue writer proudly tells of her formative years and coming of age through sharing her brilliant thoughts and drawing on unprecedented previous kinfolk photos. In her personal phrases, she writes of a time in the past -- a time that used to be tough, yet now not with no own rewards. "Moose to Moccasins is a notable account by way of 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 sector in 1908, to her lifestyles in North Bay within the Seventies and Eighties, she takes the reader on a striking trip. We shuttle throughout the bush along with her as a tender lady. 'We killed animals purely while wanted and shall we drink water wherever. Our camp used to be regularly clean; clean balsam branches for our beds and flooring within the camp. Such energetic smells and the air was once pure.' We step again into one other century, into one other universe. there's a wealth of knowledge in those pages a few humans, and a lifestyle, approximately which so much non-Natives comprehend virtually nothing."- Donald B. Smith, Professor of historical past, college of Calgary
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It certainly was a cold job too, cold on the hands, but we kept my sister busy laying down the sliced meat. Altogether it took five weeks to dry all that meat. While the meat was being cured, we had the loveliest feast, eating seven moose livers. Once in a while we would throw a moose leg on the fire to bake. When done, we would break the bone to remove the delicious marrow inside. We ate all the kidneys, the moose tongue and the nose. For the nose, we would burn the hair off first and then boil it.
Smoking the hide keeps it from getting hard again when moccasins get wet or any other thing. The leather smells so nice afterwards. Moose hide is the best to do bead work on, so nice and soft. This kind of tanning work I am afraid is a lost art altogether. I don't think there is anyone left that could tan moose or a deer hide from scratch. Although the bead work on leather is coming back, they use all factory tanned hides. As well, the work they do is not all handwork. Moccasins, mitts and jackets are made, but most are machine sewn.
Animals were killed only when needed and we could drink water anywhere. Our camp was always fresh with fresh balsam branches for our beds and floors in the camp. Such lovely smells from the branches and the air then was pure. We Indians were very happy with what we had with our quality of life. I remember in later years when my great-grandmother could hardly walk, we just trapped close around our camp. We travelled mostly by canoe before the lake was frozen. One day we were looking over our traps along the shoreline.
Moose to Moccasins: Story of Ka Kita Wa Pa No Kwe by Madeline Katt Theriault