This documentary shows the struggle of the Innu people of North Eastern Canada to continue their caribou hunting practices. The film shows community elders telling their position on a caribou hunting ban, unilaterally declared by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the story of the Atiku Napeu, the caribou man, the mythical boss of the caribou and other animals. The film also shows the Mukushan, a feast where the caribou and the caribou man are celebrated. As respecting and honoring the caribou and the caribou man is a source of a spiritual balance and a sign of happy life, this film shows the Innu struggle to pursue happiness in their own terms and according to their own values.
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Hunting, following proper protocol and celebrating the mukushan is the Innu way to honour Atiku Napeu, the caribou man, the master of all caribou and other land animals. As long as he is honoured, Atiku Napeu will keep giving caribou and bless the Innu so that they and their culture can survive. But now the government of Newfoundland and Labrador has imposed a total ban on caribou hunting. The Innu have rejected the ban. This film is about the Innu struggle to keep honouring Atiku Napeu. This film is about Innu survival.
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