Spiritual Gathering Place " The Lady of the Falls "
The Spiritual Gathering Place of the Lady of the Falls near old fort reliance
This region - this land of littlesticks - is considered to be a very special area of both historical & spiritual significance to the Chipeweyan Dene'.Truly the native elders of the Chipeweyan Dene' are the last great knowledge-holders of the remaining extensive tracts of Canadian mainland wilderness called the barrenlands. The Europeans who once attempted to lay claim to its discovery were in reality just simply just 'passing through', and probably could not have done even that without the help of the natives that had always lived here - those who were in tune with the rhythms of the land, waters & animals - indeed, those people whose very lives - and the lives of their children - depended on their knowledge to survive in the wild...
ORCA on the beach at the gathering place
We where lucky, the weather was really nice
We met two paddlers at the gathering place
Vincent Cochim from France, he is on a 8 year Expedition in the arctic
Rudi Östereicher a fellow german, an very active traveller in the north...
Big Planes where bringin in people and equipment to the gathering
ORCA in the Bay, the weather is changing, it is getting cold...
The Elders are very active in the Camp
Now that is a nice camp...
We where very fortunate to get the permission to film the fire ceremony !
Rain is comming
Building a Tipi
During the last few days , we have received a special and rarely-granted invitation to join the Dene' people on their annual Spiritual Gathering on the extreme east end of Great Slave Lake, very near to the historical site of Old Fort Reliance. Here we join the tribe as they conduct ceremonial dances, meetings, nightly gatherings and storytelling...
I will never forget that Experience !
Next: Great Slave Lake 3
Only those who risk going too far, will discover how far they can go!
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