"Dogrib Treay" is Richard Finnie's 1939 film record of the Dogrib Indians, an Athapaskan tribe which lives between Great Bear and Great Slave lakes, shot at the time of treaty payments. The footage includes scenes from annual gathering of the Dogrib Indians of Fort Rae, N.W.T.; women making moccasins, beadwork, and fishnets; a man emptying his nets, cleaning and drying fish; boys playing checkers; a couple sharing a meal; ceremonies held under canvas with drums, chanting, and dancing; women walking to the Roman Catholic church with babies; the congregation, separated by sex; and medical checkups administered by a government doctor.
Also shown are the Hudson Bay Company, trading, church going, gambling, circle dance, drum songs, and paying treaty of $5 in $1 bills by RCMP to each man, woman and child. Elders and chiefs speak and identification cards are distributed. The chief, (possibly Chief Jimmy Bruneau), is seen conversing with government treaty officials. Also included is a sequence from a Hudson's Bay Company post where a white trader examines the furs of an Indian trapper
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