Indigenous Skills and Knowledge

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  At Frontier HQ we’ve watched this video documentary multiple times and love it. It does a great job of blending the art, science and history of the canoe. On the one hand, the canoe is a romantic vehicle of the past; on the other hand it remains the deeply practical craft it always has […] Read more...


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Many people who enjoy bushcraft and camping have also enjoyed fish cooked over a campfire. There are many clever – yet often quite simple – methods of suspending a fish over a fire in a way which ensures it is cooked to perfection. One such method has become well known in bushcraft circles in the […] Read more...


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Recently I was sorry to learn of the death of Leonard Dokis. By all accounts Leonard was a highly respected and well-loved member of the Dokis First Nation. He served two terms as Chief of Dokis First Nation, had been a Councillor for over 40 years and had done much in these capacities and in […] Read more...


Finding The Lost Bundle

by Norman Dokis

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Recently an elder from our community told me that there is a hidden bundle* around the Cradle Rapids which is below the Chaudière Falls at Dokis First Nation. He told me about this after I showed him pictures of the rock paintings and rock reflections which are a spiritual guidance to our people. *bundle – […] Read more...


Honey and Our Big Brains

by Paul Kirtley

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How important is honey in the diets of hunter-gatherers? Why do they take great personal risk to gather honey? Was honey important in the diets of our ancestors? Did the additional energy obtained from honey allow our ancient ancestors to develop larger brains? These are the sort of questions asked by researchers interested in the […] Read more...


Post image for Gaining A Native Perspective: Visiting The Dokis

Many wild habitats are unique and quite localised. The knowledge to survive there requires specialist, local knowledge. This is certainly the case with most hunter-gatherers, such as the Hadza, for example. They can’t just move anywhere and be hunter-gatherers. Their knowledge of how to sustain themselves from the land is inextricably linked to the land […] Read more...