Late fall, cranberries were picked. All around Fort Resolution were lots of cranberries. The cranberries were kept in the cellar as long as it didnít get wet. We kept them like that all year around until we picked more again. The berries were big back then, not any more.
During the fall, we also went fishing for our dogs because they were very important to us then. The dogs were used for all transportation throughout the year. Dogs are smart animals; once they know the trap line, they bring you right up to it and go again. They know when to stop. Even after the snow melts next year, they know exactly where to go. Dogs also carried goods, using backpacks. The dogs were also used when we portaged. If you didnít have dogs, you would have to do all the work on foot.
Winter time, everyone used to go trapping. We usually started in November and trapped for furs, such as mink, fox and wolf ó you name it. Most of the furry animals that we find around this area. The animals were so much healthier. I guess thatís why we got good prices for our furs. Or maybe because it didnít cost as much to buy things, it just seemed like we had more money.
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