Walking Out Ceremony

Walking Out - a boy bringing a goose to the elders.  A hunter is born!

Walking Out – a boy bringing a goose to the elders. A hunter is born!

We were invited to a walking out ceremony for Saturday morning. We arrived at 8:00 sharp with a plate of cookies and a thermos of tea.

This is a very important event in the life of a child, when a boy or girl is introduced to the community and the traditional roles they will play.

With the help of his father, a little boy will shot a gun into the air, and then drag small game to the awaiting elders.  A hunter is born!  A little girl will chop at a tree with a symbolic axe and then drag a bundle of firewood to the elders, to show how she will keep the home fires burning.

After much shaking of hands and congratulations all around, the boy’s father invited us to the feast that evening.  Would we go?  Of course!

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