Where the Rapids Are / by Pat Kane

Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

Buddy Gully drives his ski-do beside the Mackenzie River ramparts' limestone cliffs near Fort Good Hope, NWT. A Dene legend says that a hero named Yamoga saved many people after fighting a giant beaver. When he laid down to rest, his body formed the ramparts.  

The last few days I spent time on the land with some great people from the community of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. The town is located in the Sahtu region, near the Arctic Circle. 

The ramparts - sheer limestone cliffs that are home to peregrines, eagles and kingfishers - are the defining geological features nearby. We travelled by snowmobile to a traditional hunting area near the Ramparts River and met up with community members starting a two-week spring bush camp.

I was asked to document part of the trip and I'm honoured to share some of these photos with you. I had a wonderful time sledding around, watching my new friends set beaver traps, fish nets and enjoy life together outside. One of the elders I talked to, Joe, said he hadn't been here in almost 30 years but has good memories of his dad making a moose hide canoe and paddling around with him when he was a boy.  

Thank you to the community of Fort Good Hope for inviting me along. Here is a small sample of the photos I got for you. I hope you enjoy them!