March 2, 2020
Dehcho Grand Chief Herb Norwegian had envisioned the creation of the mooseskin boat nearly 20 years before the project came about.
In 2005, Norwegian had his opportunity to set the plan in motion. Filmmaker Geoff Bowie was travelling in the Northwest Territories (NWT) filming Ghosts of Futures Past: Tom Berger in the North for The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. The film schedule brought him to the Dehcho Annual Assembly where Norwegian approached him with the idea for a documentary about the building and paddling of a traditional mooseskin canoe.
Between June and July 2018, a group of Northwest Territories Dene, licensed guides, and a handful of filmmakers set out to build a hand-crafted mooseskin boat and to paddle it down the Nahanni River, something that had not been done in 100 years. The film recently screened at the first Liidlii Kue Film Festival in Fort Simpson February 21-22, 2020.