“Glimpsing the Bushman” Rae Lakes, North of Great Slave Lake and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories
Story By John Bernard Bourne
When I came north, I chuckled at tales of a tall, hairy creature. Until I saw something. I moved to Rae Lakes, this small, isolated community in the Northwest Territories, almost three years ago as a teacher.
In the parlance of the local population, I was a white man from Ontario coming to live among the Aboriginals. In this case, it was a group of Aboriginals I had never heard of before — the Dogribs. At the time, I looked at myself as an anthropologist going to observe a unique and isolated culture.