Until about 1920, the Gwitchin used caribou fences to harvest caribou. These wooden structures consisted of drift fences that spanned kilometers and guided caribou to a solidly built corral, which funneled caribou into a constricted area where they could be easily killed.
Evidence of this efficient harvesting method has been found across the north, with a total of forty-six known sites in Alaska, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Seven of these fences are located within Vuntut National Park, representing important archaeological and cultural sites.
Experience Caribou Fences
Immerse yourself in the world of the Vuntut Gwitchin and see for yourself how caribou fences were used -- try a 3D fly through, listen to elders’ stories, learn Gwich'in words for caribou, and see photos of the remains of caribou fences today, visit the Caribou Fences Interactive website.