By Madeline Katt Theriault
Having been born in a tent on endure Island, Lake Temagami, in 1908, Madeline Katt Theriault may keep in mind an prior self sufficient and conventional First international locations way of life. during this publication, the past due writer proudly tells of her early life and coming of age by means of sharing her shiny stories and drawing on unheard of outdated relations photos. In her personal phrases, she writes of a time some time past -- a time that was once tricky, yet now not with out own rewards. "Moose to Moccasins is a amazing account by means of Madeline Theriault, or Ka Kita Wa Pa No Kwe ('Wise Day Woman'), who, in her personal phrases, has lived 'in either cultures, Indian and white man's.' From her beginning within the Temagami sector in 1908, to her lifestyles in North Bay within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, she takes the reader on a outstanding trip. We trip throughout the bush along with her as a tender woman. 'We killed animals in basic terms while wanted and shall we drink water wherever. Our camp was once constantly clean; clean balsam branches for our beds and flooring within the camp. Such vigorous smells and the air was once pure.' We step again into one other century, into one other universe. there's a wealth of knowledge in those pages a couple of humans, and a life-style, approximately which so much non-Natives comprehend virtually nothing."- Donald B. Smith, Professor of background, collage of Calgary
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When done, we would break the bone to remove the delicious marrow inside. We ate all the kidneys, the moose tongue and the nose. For the nose, we would burn the hair off first and then boil it. It is just like pig's feet, so very tasty. Nothing was wasted on those moose. The only thing we did not eat was the brains, but these were not wasted as you will see. Anyway, after we had dried all the meat from the seven moose, we packed it all in a seventy-five pound potato bag. It just fit, all of it, and was not very heavy either.
He died of tuberculosis at age 34 in 1940. 41 Setting up our hunting camp BY THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER we started to plan what we should do for the winter. My grandpa suggested that we should go to his hunting grounds which was north around Maple Mountain. As was the custom, his father had passed this land on to him. He said we could have this trapping ground for our use. He felt it was too much for him at his age to trap so far away; about 30 miles as the crow flies. We decided to take the offer.
We would have cranberries with baked beans in place of potatoes. That was our Christmas feast. We were very happy those days. It was a hard life living in the woods but we didn't know any different. At night the log house used to be cold soon after we turned in. The fire was allowed to burn itself out. In the morning Grandpa used to have birch bark on hand to start the fire with lots of dry wood to have a quick fire warm up the house. Every morning in the winter our water pail would have one or two inches of ice which had frozen during the night.
Moose to Moccasins: Story of Ka Kita Wa Pa No Kwe by Madeline Katt Theriault