A person clears his future path by using the shovel, hoping to be a successful hunter in the future; all winter long he'd work on snow and dig out pathways from the entrances of homes. Working hard using the shovel, trying to follow the teachings, can bring a person to the time when he can be called a successful hunter and provider.
--Paul John, Toksook Bay
Boys received a moral as well as technical education in the qasgi. There they were expected to take on all manner of chores to prepare themselves both mentally and physically for adulthood.
Among their most important tasks were clearing porches and pathways of snow, acts said to remove obstacles from their path while hunting in the future.
Water consumption was also carefully regulated in the qasgi, and boys only drank using a dipper, never their cupped hands. These restrictions were said to ensure that their bodies grew tough and strong.
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