More than simply talented musicians, the Jerry Cans bring heart and clearly articulated values onto the stage with them and into the communities they perform in. There is a significance to the music they offer. A non-indigenous lead singer singing his heart out in Inuktitut. A violin and a throat singer going note for note, beat for beat. The Jerry Cans do more than make me want to get up and dance. They give me hope.
Twenty years ago these majestic birds were a rarity on the Nahanni River. Known to nest in the Yohin Lake area, a cenote on the eastern edge of Nahanni National Park, these birds have recovered from the brink of extinction in the 1930’s. Hunted extensively in the 1800’s for subsistence and for their distinctive plumage Hudson’s Bay’s records show how their population plummeted in the course of only two decades. After decades of conservation, the population has now grown to close to 50,000 animals. As their population has expanded so too has a paddlers’ chance to interact with them.