Having told me about all the old methods of hunting the caribou, Igjugarjuk proceeded to praise the white man and his brains. It was particularly such a wonderful invention as the gun that occupied his thoughts. In the old days it was only rarely that the people lived in a state of plenty. This happened only when they succeeded in driving a flock of caribou into a lake or river, so that they could be killed by the score. All other methods of hunting demanded great exertion, great perseverance, and never yielded anything much. Yet as a rule one could manage to live from hand to mouth if one lived at places where trout fishing and bird catching could be practised. Real depots of food could only be made in autumn.