Visit to the Land

Beaver

4:49 min. - Sometimes large expanses have been flooded by beavers. In that case, we visit by canoe.

Transcription

Brian Bellefleur -I was six. My father and I had set up camp. He showed me how to take care of a fire. Then he left to hunt moose. I stayed alone at the camp. I kept the fire going. I ate bread, lots of bread. He didn't come back. When night fell, I was scared. The next day, I gathered wood and fed the fire. I hoped for his return. I was hungry. At the end of the day, I thought, "Nothing happened yesterday, why should anything happen to me?" I fell asleep and didn't have bad dreams. My father came back in the morning. We ate meat. I saw my father build a canoe. It was the year they cleared the portages. I was nine. I was with them on the trip. But I never thought I would make canoes. That year, David, Benoît and myself helped him make a new canoe. My father wanted to make a second one and we decided to make some more. We made about 15. They float well. They're light and hold lots of luggage.
Music - Philippe Mckenzie

Group of Innu in canoes near a beaver dam
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amipushu
quiet water surface
ka tshimanakaniht kukushuakanashkuat
place where the poles have been left
kakatshat
multi-leveled portage
kapatakan-meshkanau
portage path
kapatauat
they’re portaging
kassekau
fall
kusseupu
to fish
manukashunanu
they set up the camp
matapeshtau
he finishes portaging
minishtiku
island
nakatshun
at the foot of the rapids
naneu
shore
natai-kukushu
going upriver using a pole
nutinakamishtin
the breeze has made small ripples on the lake
pakauat
they disembark from the canoe
paushtiku
rapids
pimashu
he moves with the wind
piutamu
he descends the rapids in a canoe
takuaitsheu
she directs the canoe
tshiashi-nikuashkan
ancient cemetary
uanikamuat
getting into the canoe
uauakashkuaimuat
they row along a winding waterway
uiushuat
they carry baggage on their backs
ushkatakau
brush
utakuai-papamishkauat
they go out in the canoe in the evening



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