Light colour deer hide; triangular in shape; soft and tanned; one side is smooth, the other rough with evidence of the scraping.
History Of Use
Chief Thomas George 1892-1974; Mary Wells George 1900-1981. Both were born in Hagwilget and married in 1915. Thomas was known as 'Gisdewe' and was a house chief of the Gidimt'en Clan of the Witsuwit'en. Mary was well known for her leather crafts and traditional food. For more info, see Historical Research file, George, Chief Thomas.
The hide is stretched and scraped of all its hair and fat. This is done when it's either really cold or hot. The hide is then smoked to tan it. The amount of scraping is what makes the hide soft.
Units Of Measurement
artifact has an odd shape: 42cm x 42cm x 33cm x 2cm