With Charred Corn Salsa and Crispy Fried Duck Skin
Various kinds of birds were traditionally hunted using arrows, nets, shotguns, bird darts, spears, bolas, slings and bare hands. Ducks may be a little more fatty than other game or domestic birds, but they are a good source of iron and protein and were one of the most commonly eaten birds among Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Ducks are hunted and prepared in a variety of ways by different Indigenous peoples, for example, they can be baked, roasted over a fire, boiled, dried, or smoked. Duck eggs are also eaten and feathers can be used on fletch arrows, decorate clothing and pillows. Duck bones were traditionally used on arrowheads and can be turned into beads.
Teetl'it Gwich’in Language Lesson
Duck | Dats’an
"I remember my oldest sister taking us duck hunting. We would drive on the highway and spend all night out hunting ducks. With the 24 hour daylight the time didn’t bother us. My mom would roast the ducks or make into soup, so rich and delicious."
- Chef Steph