Indigenous hide tanning workshop a success, organizers hope to hold more classes next year

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By Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Marina Nokohoo learned from her parents how to tan animal hides into leather. It is a lengthy process that can take her 12 days to finish if she works alone.
But as a traditional knowledge keeper with the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, she is more than happy to pass her skills to other Indigenous youth in the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region.
“I want them to know that what we are doing was being taken away from us and we are still doing it today. We have managed to succeed, we are still able to share that knowledge,” said Nokohoo, a Dene woman who teaches the language at Father R. Perin School in Janvier. “It wasn’t all taken away from us and some of us were able to hang onto that knowledge and...continued.

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