We made nîmâpân out of moose or caribou hide. We fasten a cleat of wood to a loop at one end. The cleat is then attached to the nose of the slain animal in order to drag it back to camp. The nîmâpân are from between three to six metres (10 to 20 feet) in length. The older and more experienced the hunter, the longer is his nîmâpân . Different coloured ribbons attached to the nîmâpân may symbolize a wish for luck in finding a particular animal: green for beaver, pink for caribou, blue for bear and pink for lynx. Some people claim, however, that the ribbon decorations represent the winter or summer hunt.
When an animal has been left, to enable the hunter to return to camp for help, it is believed no beasts of prey will eat the carcass while the nîmâpân is resting on its chest.
– Frank Speck, anthropologist, 1935