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Gathering Trappers Tea

There are approximately 60 - 70 different species of plants including root crops and berries collected and utilized throughout the community. Loss of traditional and cultural activities has happened throughout the years. One way to bring back the traditional ways of gathering is to continue exercising our rights.

Report 1890 On the North-Western Tribes of Canada By F. Boas

Pg. 637-638: At the time when the berries begin to ripen an overseer is set [by the chief] over the various berry patches, whose duty it is to see that nobody begins picking until the berries are ripe. He announces when the time has come, and the next morning the whole tribe set out and begin to pick berries,the field being divided up among the tribe. After they are through picking, the berries are divided among the families of the tribe. The chief receives the greatest portion. In the same way an overseer is set over the salmon fisheries, and the catch is divided among the whole tribe.
Leona Calhoun gathering trappers tea on Elders field trip
Stan Deneault gathering trappers tea
Stan Deneault gathering trappers tea with other elders in 2006
Trappers tea gathered in 2006 with elders from Skeetchestn
Janet Deneault gathering trappers tea with elders
Back left to right: Tom Peters, Sandy Etienne, Janet Deneault, Leona Calhoun. Front left to right: Lorna Kilgore, Cecilia Peters