Crow Never Dies

Life on the Great Hunt


Crow Never Dies

“It was a different crow, but the same crow, you understand? Because there is only one Crow. God made them all black and identical-looking because there is no reason for them to be different birds. That’s why you can never kill a crow, because it lives forever. Crow never dies!” — James Itsi

For over 50,000 years, the Great Hunt has shaped human existence, creating a vital spiritual reality where people, animals, and the land share intimate bonds. Author Larry Frolick takes the reader deep into one of the last refuges of hunting societies: Canada’s far north. Based on his experiences travelling with First Nations Elders in remote communities across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, this vivid narrative combines accounts of daily life, unpublished archival records, First Nations stories and traditional knowledge with personal observation to illuminate the northern wilderness, its people, and the complex relationships that exist among them.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Foreword | Carlucci 10
Preface 14
Introduction 16
Winter 22
1 Perfect Stillness 23
2 Hunting is Trapping 41
3 Northern Dogs 53
4 The Drunken Forest 71
5 Near and Far 89
Spring 108
6 Ice over Water 109
7 The Mystery of the Blue Beads 123
Breakup 142
8 Willow Flats 143
9 Knife versus Ulu 159
Summer 172
10 Berry Picking 173
11 King Bear 187
12 Powers of the Fantastic 203
Fall 216
13 Thinking like a River 217
14 Pure Black 231
15 Crow Never Dies 249
16 Luck and Nothing 273
Afterword 290
Acknowledgements 292
Selected Reading List 294
Index 298
About the Author 306