Native Tanned Moosehide Moccasins

Size M 10 . The sole on the outside measures about 11".

C$450.00 CAD
Availability: In stock (1)

The first step to creating moosehide moccasins is to hunt, kill, gut and skin a moose, and cut up and preserve the meat.

Next, the hide is immersed in a fast-flowing cold stream and weighed down with heavy stones. After three days, the hide (it may weigh over 100 lbs) is draped over a large log where the meat and hair is scraped off. When that's completed, the hide is soaked overnight then stretched tightly on a frame to dry for a few days. 

Next in the tanning process, a solution of the animal's brains mixed with warm water is prepared, then worked into both sides of the hide over and over while the hide is being further scraped and massaged to make it soft and pliable. The final step is to hang the hide on conical frame and smoke both sides with coals of rotten wood for a day to colour and waterproof it.

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