Lesson 4: Trapping in Bush Land
Bush Land People generally refers to people who live in Boreal Forest zone of northern Alberta, north western Saskatchewan, and south-central parts of the Northwest Territories. These people are the Dene or Anishinabe (Chipewyan), Cree, and Dogrib Aboriginal Peoples.
Hunting and trapping was and in some Aboriginal communities continues to be the primary means of subsistence living and trade. People devoted the majority of their time to hunting and trapping as well as preparing hides for trade. The role of the hunter within these communities was very important to the survival of the group. This does not discount the other essential roles that community members played. Young men and women would be trained in hunting and trapping techniques and protocols from an early age. Sports were an apprenticeship in one sense. In many communities today hunting and trapping still exists but it could be considered recreation, as many communities cannot rely on hunting and trapping to earn a living. However, this does not mean that animals are being used wastefully; the concept of recreation in this sense refers to the traditional practice of hunting and trapping as being an enjoyable activity for many.
Use the notes in Teacher Background;” and distribute the following Bush Area map to students so they may have a visual understanding of the area.
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This map is also available in the MegaMedia section for students.
Life on the Trap line