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John climbed out of the tent the next morning and enjoyed a big stretch. The sun warmed his bare arms, the loons called from the lake. And hardly any bugs! A perfect morning for a short walk along the shore.
To his surprise he found a low, wooden structure partly hidden in the bush. Curious, he moved the branches covering it and looked more closely. He could tell it was old, but he wasn't sure what it was.
"Maybe its some kind of trap," he thought.
At breakfast John told the rest of the group what he had seen.
"You found a dechi or fish cache," said Etseh. "People used to come here in the fall time. They set their nets over there and caught lots of whitefish," he explained as he pointed along the shore. "They stuck branches in their tails and made ligotse, 'stickfish'. Then they hung the fish inside the cache. The caches were covered with heavy logs and rocks so bears, foxes or wolverines wouldn't get in. In the winter, when people passed here again with their dog teams, they had lots of fish to feed them."
"Sounds like a lot of work, but worth it," said Peter.

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada