· Dates: 2/29-3/7
· Max. Size: 10
· Tuition: $1300
· Travel Not Included
Experience Cree Culture In Eeyou Istchee
We’re heading back to Oujé-Bougoumou in northern Quebec in March, 2020, where we’ll spend a week in the bush experiencing Cree culture with our guides David and Anna Bosum in their ancestral homeland, Eeyou Istchee. This will be our 8th trip north, and as always we’re looking forward to the fantastic hospitality of our friends.
Not a class in our modern understanding of the word, David explains it by saying, “Come with us and experience how we live.” It is definitely participatory; you can expect to do many things that are common to the Cree bush life in the winter. These include setting snares for snowshoe hares, setting a gill net under the ice, carving useful tools, splitting firewood, going out on the trapline for beaver and lynx, snowshoeing miles across frozen lakes and along trails through the bush, hearing traditional stories about the land, and more. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in an intact hunting culture with people who know their land intimately
Prerequisites: None. It will be cold. You’ll need a good sleeping bag (at least -20 F) and cold weather clothing. But you don’t need any previous experience. You will also need a passport.
Itinerary: This is based off a previous trip. Anything can happen, and you should be ready for some surprises.
2/29. For those carpooling, we can meet for dinner and to go over gear, etc., in Vermont.
3/1. Meet in Lac St. Jean. We’ll split up hotel rooms to cut down on travel costs, and grab dinner to discuss the upcoming experience.
3/2. Arrive in Oujé-Bougoumou before nightfall. We’ll meet David and Anna and get settled in.
3/2-3/6. David and Anna will guide us through whatever they have going while we’re at their bush camp. It’s a great experience but varies based on what they’re currently working on, or have materials available for. Be ready to jump into anything.
3/6. We’ll head back to Oujé-Bougoumou and have hot showers, then spend the afternoon at the Cree Cultural Institute, an amazing facility that tells the story of the people.
We will make every effort to stick to the itinerary, but in the event of nasty weather we won’t sacrifice safety for an arbitrary deadline.
Plan to have some warm clothing and a warm (-20 F) sleeping bag/pad combination. Otherwise, bring what you need to be comfortable. A knife and axe are advisable, as is a headlamp, rain gear (just in case) and boots with removable liners. If you have questions about this, get in touch.
The course tuition covers from when we arrive inOujé-Bougoumou until we depart. Traveling expenses are NOT included. This will include 2-3 nights in a hotel, meals, and splitting the vehicle-related expenses (gas, etc).
We’ll be in touch before the trip to talk about vehicles, who’s driving, how many spots they have, etc. This option has worked for us in the past and is a lot cheaper than renting a van (if we could even still rent one that allowed us to cross the border). We’ll get a head count on this early on.
- Drive your own vehicle and meet us there.
Tuition: $1300 plus travel expenses. See below for more information. Note: Christopher Russell will be leading this trip.
Deposit of $650 is needed to hold your spot.
Since we’re acting as the middle man in this, we won’t be accepting paypal payments unless there is an added amount to cover their fees. We’ll also be accepting checks and money orders.
Paypal fee calculator: http://thefeecalculator.com/ – $1,339.13
- Tanner, Adrian. Bringing Home Animals, Second Edition.
- Frenette, Jacques. The History Of The Chibougamau Crees: An Amerindian Band Reveals Its Identity.
- Cree Trappers Speak.