PITTICOW RIVER – KI Paddlers Update – September 1

Today we passed "the elbow" a series of tight curves in the river just past where the Fawn changes its course from a northeasterly direction to northwest.  Near the Fawn's Easternmost point the Pitticow River enters from the east carrying a substantial flow.

Pitticow means something like "short cut."  It is the start to a route that can be used to cross over the height of the land and into the Winisk River watershed, the next major river to the east of the Severn.  Beyond the Winisk are the Albany, Attawapiskat, and Moose Rivers, all on a similarly massive scale.  

View maps of KI's territory.

1.  KI summer travel routes documented in the 1970s by Kayahna Atlas

2.  KI winter travel routes documented in the 1970s by Kayanha Atlas

The vastness of the landscape is beginning to set in.  we are now approximately 400 km from the nearest road to the south, and still over 100 km from the next village – Fort Severn on the Hudson's Bay coast.  We haven't seen another human soul in nine days, but the signs of Indigenous landuse are all around – recently used camps, fishing nets neatly folded and hanging in trees, and maintained portage trails.

This landscape is remote and intact on the grandest scale, yet is is well known and loved in the culture, memory, and use of the peoples that live here.