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Caribou Meat Sharing in Sheshatshiu | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Caribou Meat Sharing in Sheshatshiu

Damian Castro, Memorial University

This research concerns the continuity of caribou meat sharing among the Innu people in Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Caribou meat harvesting and distribution practices are part of a subsistence livelihood complex that involves different strategies that gather community members together in different ways, connecting them with a not-so-remote past of a nomadic, autonomous life, while marshaling knowledge and resources towards obtaining meat. Because these practices also connect people through links of solidarity which exist now, this research also addresses how these connections create or reinforce the social bonds that sustain the continuity of Sheshatshiu as a community.