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Article: Dene Beliefs

Beliefs are a set of principles to good behavior, it should cover everything from knowing the environment and the life patterns to the skills to survive in cold climates. Everything that the Dene people practiced was based on survival, so their beliefs were also taught around the concept of survival. For example, women are not supposed to step directly over the legs of the hunters at any time or touch the gear if they are menstruating due to the beliefs that the caribou will not come if it is not respected. The female with their ability to reproduce at certain times of the month may over power the spiritual capacity of the caribou, thus it is believed the caribou would be insulted. These types of beliefs were essential to teaching discipline and to help shape and strengthen the Dene identity.