Dress Worn for Walking Out Ceremony

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When we travelled in winter, we made snowshoes for our children. Once a boy was old enough to walk, he would receive a new pair of snowshoes, special clothes and a small load of meat to carry on his back. He also received a toy bow and arrow or gun to symbolize his future role as a hunter. When the tipi was erected, he would carry his load of meat inside. We then held a special ceremony with a feast in his honour. Girls participated in a similar ceremony by carrying a toy axe and pieces of wood inside the tipi to symbolize their future role as hunters’ wives and homemakers. This rite of passage is still marked today in our communities.

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Child Care
 

Zone

The Community’s Way of Life
 

Lending Institution / Lender

Canadian Museum of Civilization
 

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