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IN PHOTOS: A plucking good time in Tsiigehtchic

Traditional geese hunt connects generations

As generations before them, womenfolk gather at Leth t’urh kak (The Flats) at Tsiigehtchic to pluck geese, swans and ducks harvested by the menfolk (in this case, from Andrew Lake east of Tsiigehtchic via helicopter). These days, background music comes from a portable Yellowtooth speaker, hotdogs are grilled and ice tea provides hydration. Still, the traditional gathering flourishes and is passed on to the younger generation.







Elder Andy Andre does his burn-and-turn flambé (sans the alcohol) à la Anthony Bourdain. Photo courtesy Lawrence Norbert
Elders Andy Andre and Mavis Clark pass on traditional preparation techniques to youngster Briar Sam Koe.
Perfect +15C sunshine weather, ducks and seagulls provide audio ambience with water on the edges of the Arctic Red and Mackenzie rivers.
Mavis Clark gets that tingling feather-up-her nose feeling.
Elder Greta Villebrun (left) keeps an eye on Kyzr the dog to the amusement of Amber Aleekuk and daughter Stella.