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Exploring the Place

A Dogrib account of caribou fences
"Long ago, caribou were scarce. When it was getting warm, and time for them to migrate back to the barrenlands, my father told me that at this place they would make a fence [on the ice]. It's hard to cut down that many trees, but still they did that. When they started to come, the men would wait alongside the trails all night. When the caribou come onto the lake, and as soon as they passed them near the fence, the men would imitate wolves. The caribou become scared, as they think they are being chased by wolves...

The fence has openings in it, and it is there that the snares are set. When a caribou is caught, the one behind it would try another opening and it would get caught too.

In between the trees on the ice they would put a piece of cloth on a stick and stand it up so that it blows in the wind. The caribou does not go through the fence because it is scared of the moving cloth. The only openings are where the snares are, my father said."
Romie Wetrade, March 3, 1992

 In the quote to the left, Romie Wetrade describes the construction and operation of a fence which was located near the present community of Rae Lakes (Gameti). Harry Simpson, as a young child in the mid-1930s, helped construct a fence at Kwiika , or 'fence narrows'. He identified five related sites which constitute the fence complex: the fence itself, a location where hunters hid waiting to ambush the caribou near the end of the fence, a 'look-out' located on a high hill nearby, a butchering location, and an encampment some distance from the fence.  
Inspecting the site at Fence Narrows (Tom Andrews/
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada