necessary tasks of making the morning fire in the akeqiganun
(moss covered tipis), outside checks, cleansing and prayer
and the meal of whatever was, as always, the first order of
the day. Then began the home preparation. Cleaning and tidying,
the heavier skins and the lighter rabbitskin woven blankets
and garments hung outside on smooth poles tied between trees.
Water hauled from the river in heavy leather pails. Short
wood gathering forays for immediate use. The stock piling
would be done later by the young men using dog teams to haul
the dry wood. The shorter distance rabbit snares and fish
weirs would be checked. If food was caught or was available,
then the mid-day meal would be prepared and eaten. The men
would be gone the full day hunting. Children gave balance
and enjoyment to all these activities. The Elders were accorded
respect and attended to their chores according to their ability.
The people sat on a skin mat wrapped in an old rabbit skin
robe as they jigged their bait bone fish hooks. Along the
length of the river the people sat in a diminshing, meandering
line, in Oji-Cree wawakapewuk, thus the name Wawakapewin.