Making Lobsticks

Traveling Trails with Teetł’it Gwich’in

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Abstract

Based on extended work with Teetł’it Gwich’in, this article illuminates the importance of traveling and trails and markers in the boreal forests of northern Canada. The article discusses in detail the author’s experience with a pedagogy in traveling on the land and focuses on one particular land mark: a lobstick. Through the example of making a lobstick, this article illustrates how the land is an entanglement of relations between people, places, memories, and movement.

Contributor Notes

Jan Peter Laurens Loovers holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Aberdeen. He has specialized in ecological anthropology and circumpolar ethnography. He has worked with Quiché Maya in Guatemala (2001), Omatako !Kung in Namibia (2002–2003), and more extensively (since 2005) with Teetł’it Gwich’in in northern Canada. Currently, he is a research fellow at the ERC Advanced Grant Arctic Domus, where he investigates the shared histories of dogs and Gwich’in.

Sibirica

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