Abb. 1: Die Schönheit Nordwest-Kanadas. Der Virginia-Wasserfall des Südlichen Nahanni-Flusses ist 90 Meter hoch und damit der höchste Kanadas, höher auch als die Niagara-Fälle, aber viel schwerer zu erreichen als der letztere
(Fotograf: Paul Gierszewski)
Abb. 2: Ankunft von Dene-Indianern mit Birkenholz-Kanus an der Südostküste des "Großen Sklaven-Sees" bei Fort Resolution (circa 1900)
In early 1823, Alexander MacLeod of the Hudson Bay Company explored the lower river. The Company quickly lost interest when they realized that the river did not support a large native population and was not a viable route to the west. The nearest Hudson Bay fort was established at Fort Liard, and later many natives from the Nahanni settled nearby.
|Abb. 3: Velma Wallis - Zwei alte Frauen|
Food was not as plentiful as it was in the south and starvation and death from the cold were constant threats. (...) For most of the Dene, life was very nomadic and dwellings had to be easy to transport. Travel during winter was on foot with snowshoes and toboggans.Toboggans sind zu Deutsch Schlitten.
In summer, light bark-covered canoes were carried on trips to be used when they came to navigable lakes and rivers. (...) Religious beliefs centred on the all-important relationship between hunters and animals. Hunters were given "medicine bundles" at childhood and they slept with these for supernatural aid. Because of the mobility of the society, the aged and infirm were left behind to die and bodies were often left unburied with a few possessions to take with them on their journey to the afterlife.
|Abb. 4: Lage des Nahanni-Flusses (rot) zwischen dem Großen Sklaven-See und der Westküste Kanadas|
Dick Turner wrote three books, "Nahanni" and "Wings of the North" being the most successful.
- Fuchs, Arved: South Nahanni. Kanu-Abenteuer im Norden Kanadas. Delius Klasing Verlag, Bielefeld 2008 (EA: 1984)