The hunters of the tribe are the tribe's main source of food. While AniWaya tends to crops, meat is still the main source of nutrition, and crops are used only to supplement scarce food supplies in winter. The hunters work with Craftsmen of the tribe to keep a healthy supply of traps and equipment for hunting. They also work with the Animal tenders to train horses for hunting, an activity not suited for all equines. Lastly, the hunters spent a great deal of time training together, working on tactics and honing their skills. While they often hunt in pairs or more, success is never guaranteed, and there are mouths to fill. In this context, the hunter rank can be considered the profession most vital to AniWaya's survival.

Beginner rank

Tsisdu Kanati

Five characters
Translation: Rabbit hunter

Those of the very bottom of the Hunting tree. Tsisdu Kanati is a starting title and requires no other title to be held.

Main tasks
- Honing their skills by practicing traps, tools, tactics and weapons on small prey such as fish or rodents, or even birds.
- Joins beginner scouts in searching for suitable prey, and reports back to the higher ranked Hunters, so that a hunting party may be formed.
- Aid the craftsmen of the tribe in collecting materials for, and creating weapons, tools, and traps for use in hunting.
- Assists the lowest ranked Animal Carers in mucking the stables and exercising hunting-trained horses.

Skilled rank

Enagayahe Kanati

Three characters
Translation: Game hunter

The members of the tribe who mainly supply the community with meat and fish. To become a Enagayahe Kanati, one must first hold the title of Tsisdu Kanati.

Main tasks
- Hunt either in parties or alone for prey of various sorts; rodents, fish, or big game (Ex.).
- Hone their skills with hunting weapons, tactics and traps.
- Assist the craftsmen in the production of traps and weapons.
- Teach the children about the basics of hunting (solo and in groups).
- Assist the Animal Carers in training and preparing horses for hunting.

Master rank

Gadui Kanati

Nayati Utina sporting hunting relic & equipment, by Kiri

One character
Translation: Master Hunter

The most respected and skilled hunter in the tribe. To become the Gadui Kanati, one must first hold the titles of Enagayahe Kanati and Tsisdu Kanati.

Main tasks
- Organizing and leading hunting parties, as well as pack hunts.
- Mapping regular movements of prey close to the packlands.
- Works together with the Master Craftsmen to ensure a healthy number of weapons and traps available.
- Knows how to hunt with a variety of weapons and tactics, and teaches these skills to the lower ranked hunters in the tribe.
- Works together with the Master Animal Carer to a healthy number of horses trained for use in hunts.

Mark and relic

Characters who reach the Master rank also receive a master's brand in the form of a dyed or tattooed color pattern either on their chest, face or an arm (or similarly visible place), as well as a relic, to symbolize clearly their ranking and powerful position in the pack hierarchy. In the case that there are more than one master in a profession, the most prominent one keeps the mark and relic, and the rank can be challenge for.

Mark: Ice blue antlers, symbolic of the hunter's ability and dedication to gather food for the tribe in all seasons.

It's color symbolizes many things:

  • New Beginnings: Where one life ends another begins, and it is with gracious thanks that the hunter brings back food for the tribe while thanking the slain animal, for it becomes sustenance for the tribe.
  • Faith: That which drives the hunter, believing that the next chance will always be better and the spirits kind.
  • Survival: Representing water, food, and the need for the tribe to stay together.
Relic: The relic of the Gadui Kanati is an elaborately carved spear, painted in light blue patterns to match the mark. It is clearly old and not intended for use, but works as a symbol of rank and prestige. It is also decorated with various feathers, though these decorations may very from Master to Master, as they are removable.
Last updated on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 at 07:26 PM by Marit