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The caribou (or ekwo  in Dogrib) plays an integral part in Dogrib culture. In the past, the Dogrib followed the seasonal migrations of the Barren-ground caribou, and hunted them for their meat, hides, antler, bone and sinew. The meat provided an important source of nutrition in a land where food was often scarce. Hides were made into tents, clothing and bedding, and strips of hide were weaved into a type of rope called babiche which was used for snares and binding. Antlers and bones were fashioned into a variety of tools, weapons and ornaments; and the muscle sinew of the caribou was used to make thread for sewing.

To learn more about caribou in the Northwest Territories, visit the Government of the NWT's Wildlife and Fisheries web site.

(S.Millar/Department of RWED, Government of the Northwest Territories)
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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada