“In my head, we imagine where you are from, it’s very important so that’s the first thing we ask,” Kistabish said during a Zoom interview. “I heard that from my parents asking about the people, ‘where are you from?'”

Kistabish is from Anishnabe Aki, the indigenous Anishnabe lands in the western province of Québec, Canada where he lives in a rural family camp about 30 miles south of Matagami. His camp is one of many passed down retreats within the perimeters of what is called a trapline, a family territory passed down throughout generations for hunting and trapping.

“Our trapline is our ancestors…most of my family trap there for, I don’t know how many years, a thousand years,” he said.