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Caribou Hunt

Losing the Trail

2:45 min. - Hunters can easily lose the caribou’s trail. In that case, they return to camp to consult the drummer.

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Jean-Baptiste Bellefleur - It can easily happen that hunters lose the caribou's trail. In that case, they return to camp to consult the drummer.
In anticipation of their request, the elder takes out a bag containing the pieces of his drum, and sets it on the branches inside the tent. Then he waits.
The hunters then begin to assemble this thousand-year-old instrument. Through this gesture, they ask the drummer to use his drum to find the caribou. As soon as the skin, cord and small bones are in place, the elder begins his chant, the one in his dream that made him a drummer. By this act, he contacts his ally within the drum, and asks for its help in finding the caribou.
The elder then passes his drum to another drummer and leaves the tent. The second drummer demands that the hunters dance to his chant, in order to break the lost caribous' legs. Later, the first drummer returns and tells the hunters where to find the caribou. He knows this because his ally has come to tell him in a dream.
Drums - Mathieu Peters, Andrew Pocker

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1 Comment

Garry Shannon Peters 2 years, 3 months ago

Mes deux grands pères! Mathieu Peters et Étienne Bellefleur III ! Un joueur de tambour mak kutak un grand chasseur!


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