The Lad's Research: First Nations Hunting Methods

This week I'm doing a report on First Nations hunting methods.

So here are two different hunting methods from the First Nations people.

The first hunting method is one for hunting buffalo also known as bison, this method was used by the plains and Metis peoples, it was their primary way of getting food, They could also get other resources from this such as hide furs sinew and bone, one of the was they hunted buffalo was by separating part of the herd, they would then case them off a cliff and butchered immediately.

The second hunting method is used to hunt whales, The resources they would get from this include oil, meat, bone, sinew and gut which would be used for containers. When they went out whaling they would wait for good weather and then they would set off early in the morning so they would arrive at the whaling grounds by daybreak, they would have eight people per canoe. When they found a whale they would wait until it surfaced they would then follow it to where it would surface again, then they would wait when it resurfaced, they would throw harpoons and the harpoons were attached to balloons, the balloons and harpoons were not meant to kill it just to slow it down and keep it near the surface, the killing blow would be done using a specialized lance.

The sources are below all the information I got came from them 

Mom here: I added a picture that I drew quickly to show one method of hunting.   The lad approved my one minute drawing efforts.  Can you spot the "fun" element my son added?     I did help him correct some spelling and typos before we posted it.  :)


  1. I have always been fascinated by the ability of the First Nations people to be able to hunt and kill and field dress the animals. You did a nice job of addressing not only the ways in which they hunted but also talking about the benefits and products they got from each of the animals. Keep working hard at your research and writing. I do enjoy reading them and look forward to each one. - Lori

    1. He wonders if he spotted the fun element and "thanks". :)


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