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Denesuline

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denesuline
by: Payten Herrington
food
Caribou- Denesuline relied heavily on caribou. their meat was eaten fresh or dried into pemmican.
Bear-Denesuline often put bear meat in stews.
Beaver-The beaver meat could be cooked immediately or dried for future use.
Rabbit-Denesuline often traps to catch rabbits. once caught rabbit meat was cooked on its own or put in stews.
Fish-trout and pike were two types of fish denesuline caught.
Berries-huckleberries were important to the denesuline diet. they were used in pemmican, dried for later use or mashed into juice.
Men and women both got food. the men hunted and the women picked berries when it was that season. women also prepard food and food for winter storages.


shelter
Teepees-in the past, the denesuline lived in teepees during the summer months. Teepees were cone-shaped buildings. they were built using animal skins that were stretched over tree poles. the skins could be rolled up to allow cool breezes to flow in and out.

Wigwams-the denesuline used wigwams as their winter homes. widwams had a dome-shaped frame from long, thin poles. bark, animal furs or mats of leaves were used to cover the frame.
beliefs, rituals, ceremonies and traditions
The Denesuline based there celebrations on the stories of their medicine people. They did not take part of formal religious ceremonies. All of life was considered a prayerful act. Large gatherings and feasts were held during the eclipse of the moon, to welcome the visitors, and to celebrate reunions and parting. Denesuline marriages are arranged by parents. Once parents agreed to a match, they told the community leader. Who announced it at a ceremony that the entire community could attend
Transportation
Canoes- Water travel was done by canoe. Denesuline canoes could be made from spruce or birch bark. Sometimes, the Denesuline made larger
boats . To do this, they stretched moose skin over spruce frames.

Snowshoes- When traveling over land, the Denesuline often went by foot. In winter seasons they would walk across deep snow. Snowshoes stopped them from sinking into the snow.
clothing
Men`s clothing- Denesuline men wore pants or leggings and long sleeved shirt. Men`s shirts had a pointed shirt tail on the front and back.

Women`s clothing- Denesuline women wore pants along with long sleeved tops. Sometimes, they wore skirts instead of pants.

Parka`s- Parka`s were often made from moose or caribou fur. women`s parkas had extra room in the back to allow carrying a baby.

Mitten`s- The Denesuline made their mittens using animal skin and fur.

Moccasins- The moccasins were often made from moose skin because of it`s strength.
artwork, music, dances or creative traditions
Drums were an very important part of denesuline music. They were used to accompany singing and dancing. Drummers were usually men. They held the drum in one hand and hit it with the mallet. Drum were made of animal hide, normally caribou, that was stretched onto a round
, wooden frame, the hide was soften over an open fire, this gave the drum the right sound.
society and family
Everyone played an important role in the denesuline communities. men did the hunting and scouting for food. this often took them away from the camp in search of caribou or moose. some however, remanded behind to protect the camp. campfire was family-centered. children learned by watching and doing. they worked alongside family members to learn practical skills. girls help their mothers with collecting roots and berries, or with fishing girls also learned about food preparation, making clothing, moving camps and caring for children. boys learned to track, hunt, trap and fish from their fathers and the other men of the group. these skills were important for finding food and shelter.
other interesting facts
-the name Denesuline means "human being."

-fish nets were made from raw caribou skin or bark were cast in to streams to catch fish.

pemmican- a mixture of dried meat and berries that has been pounded into powder and mixed with fat.
parkas
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