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Skimming the Fat and Removing the Hair

5:05 min. - We use the bone from the animal's hind leg to make a tool that is used to remove the hair, once the fat has been skimmed off.


Narrator - While Pelashe skims the fat off the hide, Antoine uses a bone from the animal's hind leg to make a tool for scraping off the hair, once the fat has all been removed.
Pelashe Mark - Removing all the meat and fat gives the hide more flexibility. We wash and preserve the membrane.
The entire caribou is used, nothing is wasted, not even the membrane. We hang the meat up to dry. And to preserve it for a long time, we wrap it in the membrane before placing it in the cache. It might come in handy during winter portages. When we've finished, we make some tea and cook the membrane on a stick near the fire.
Narrator - Once the tool for scraping the hair is finished, we "nourish" it with meat before using it for the first time. It will then have the capacity to cut well.
Skimming the fat off a caribou hide is a very time-consuming activity, involving repetitive tasks. That's why we tend to carry out this activity with as many people as possible.
Pelashe Mark - We dampen the hide with hot water to warm it before scraping off the hair. You have to remove the little black layer on the hide before it hardens.
Marie-Josette Bellefleur - After we've removed the hair, we wash the hide and let it soak overnight. That gets rid of blood stains, and the hide turns white.
Music - Rodrigue Fontaine, Bill St-Onge, Luc Bacon

1 Comment

Chantal 11 years, 11 months ago


Enfin du vrai ! De la vraie culture indienne avec des vraies outils et un savoir faire transmit. Enfin ça existe encore !!

Merci à ces gens qui l'on partagé, a celui qui a filmé et qui nous donne l'opportunité de savoir !


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