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Covenant with Papakassiku

2:54 min. - The foundations of respect for Papakassiku are based on the universal notion: “whatever you do to someone else will come back to you one way or another”.

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Louis Basile - All Innu venerated the caribou. It's an Innu animal. It had a powerful god called Papakassik, the master of all animals. No one knows what this master of the caribou looks like, no one understands him, not even the shaman. There is, however, an interpreter in the shaking tent that understands Papakassik: an interpreter of the dream world.
Papakassik is the same whether you're in Schefferville, La Romaine, St-Augustin, Natashquan or Tshishe-shetshit. The White equivalent is Jesus.
Out of respect for Papakassik, we use the entire caribou. The meat is used for food, the bones for fat and tools, and the skin for clothing. On the other hand, if, out of negligence, this rule is not respected, for example by burning the skin, something negative is bound to happen.
The foundation of respect for Papakassik is based on the universal principle: "What you do to others will come back to you one way or another".

The lead caribou in the water, swimming across a lake
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