Hide Tanning Revitalization

Dene Nahjo to host caribou and moose hide tanning camp in downtown Yellowknife


Somba K’e, Denendeh — Dene Nahjo invites the public to experience the revitalization of an ancient cultural practice through the teachings of Elders during a three-week caribou and moose hide tanning camp at Somba K’e Civic Plaza (Yellowknife City Hall) this summer, July 11-29.


Elders, instructors, and experienced hide tanners will join together to tan over 10 hides using various regional techniques, while creating traditional tanning tools in the process.


Each weekday Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,  Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. members of the public are invited to come to the site to observe the traditional tanning in action. There will be opportunities to touch and try the tools, ask questions of the tanners, and enjoy some tea and bannock.


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