Blueberries were sought out in forest areas that had burned by a forest fire

The month of August was the time of blueberries. Blueberries were sought out in forest areas that had burned by a forest fire. They called it Wiisaabkideng. Blueberries were an important part of the food supplemental harvest for the deer lake people.

Also at time, the caribou came back through the area with their new calves. It was important to harvest this important food source of caribou before the long onset of fall and winter. The gardens had to be harvested and food prepared. The caribou moved on. August was a very busy month for the deer lake people as the freeze up time was coming next month. Family groups of men had gone ahead to traplines to prepare them for the trapping season and for the family to eventually migrate there for the winter season. The main community would eventually empty out as all families would go their separate ways for the winter trapping season. Gaagigebag, is a plant that was available all year round, even under the snow. This was harvested to make a tea.

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