Native smoke tanning (also known as brain tanning) is an art worth learning, practicing, and preserving. In earlier times, tanning hides was an essential skill. Animal skins were used for clothing, footwear, shelter – even glue.
Smoke tanning is labour intensive, and for the most part – a lost art. But the end result is incredible.
See how Brian Bird shared his traditional knowledge with 10 students and instructors over 5 days in August on the Kikino Metis Settlement.