An Ancient Bond with the Land
For thousands of years, the First Peoples of the Plains and the Subarctic lived mainly by hunting large herd animals. The bison of the Plains and the caribou herds of the Subarctic forests provided for most human needs. First Peoples practised various methods of communal hunting, organizing members of the community to cooperate in planning the hunt. Today the relationship between First Peoples of the Plains and the bison is largely symbolic and spiritual, since the great herds of the past are gone. But in the Subarctic, First Peoples still hunt and rely on the caribou.