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gertie tom K’ènlū Mä¯n Northern Lake,  My dad, my two younger brothers [Norman and Joe], and I traveled over to K’ènlū1 [in ]. The time I’m talking about is after I came back from hospital in Edmonton. We went from Whitehorse on a small plane to stake for a company. We got on the plane and flew along Big Salmon River. There is a small lake by the river under Tthe ˛l Tadétth’ät.2 The plane landed us right there. We took along four dogs with us to do the packing. We put packs on the dogs and left from the place where we landed, and we climbed up Tthe ˛l Tadétth ’ät. We climbed and we climbed. It was difficult for me because I had just come out of hospital, but I still followed, climbing behind the others. I went so that I could stake for the company. When we had climbed up, we camped on the mountain near the place where we were going to stake. Then we went from there up the mountain. When we were almost at the top, we saw sheep walking around. My father and my two brothers sneaked up to the sheep while I waited for them, sitting on the rocks on the mountain ridge. They sneaked up and killed the sheep. Even though there were lots of sheep there, they only killed two of them because there was no way to carry any more. Three sheep started to come toward me where I was sitting. They were coming straight for me. I knocked on the rocks with my walking stick and then the sheep turned away. After that, I went over to where my dad had killed the sheep. They were cutting up the sheep and taking out the guts. We all started packing some meat back to where we were staying, and when we got back we cooked it up. Then we packed up the dogs and we went back to the place where we had killed the sheep. The dogs packed some meat and the men carried some back. We packed it over the gully and into the draw and then we stopped and gertie tom: northern lake, 1956  made camp there. Then the men went back and got the rest of the meat from those two sheep they had killed. We went on from there to the mountain where we were going to stake. Field Johnny and John Shorty traveled with us to stake too. That’s the point at which we went up on the mountain to stake. We stayed there for a long time until we had finished staking. Then we hung up the meat and dried it and we used that for food while we were traveling. We had no way to carry fresh meat around. Once my brothers and my dad had finished their staking, my dad helped me. When we were all finished, we headed from there over to where we were camped at K’ènlū Mä¯n. We went over the mountain, and when we reached the draw we made lunch. There were groundhogs whistling all over the mountains, so they shot lots of them and we cooked them. Then we went down to K’ènlū where the plane was going to pick us up. We followed the creek that ran down the draw. While we were walking down the draw we saw a big bull caribou up in the mountains. Even so, we let it go. We didn’t bother to kill it because we had no way to carry it. We followed the creek down the draw, but it was really bushy. We kept on heading toward K’ènlū Mä¯n. We walked and walked, and finally we reached the lake. A small plane was supposed to pick us up and take us to Whitehorse. I think that we camped there for two nights – – I’m not really sure. It was while we were there that we saw a moose standing in the bay. My two brothers sneaked up on it and I went with them. The oldest one shot at the moose, but nothing happened: the moose just stood there! That’s when my youngest brother picked up his gun. ‘‘How come the moose’s ear isn’t even moving around?’’ he joked with his older brother. Then he aimed his gun and shot the...


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