Work on skins and baskets

  • Exhibition Text

    • Nlaka’pamux women preparing skins and making baskets. 

      Most skins were from deer or elk. A woman first scraped the hair off a skin, unless it was to be used for a blanket or winter robe. The skin was then dried and the flesh side scraped. After rubbing it with the decomposed brains of deer, bone marrow or salmon oil, women rolled up the skin to dry overnight. They repeated this process for two or three days. Finally, they stretched the skin on a frame like the one shown here and beat it until soft.
      Basketmaking is described in the case as the rear of this alcove.

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  • Collection Information

    • WOMAN'S JACKET (Left)
      Catalog No: 16 / 992
      Culture: Nlaka’pamux
      Locale: BC, THOMPSON RIVER, SPENCES BRIDGE
      Country: CANADA
      Material: HIDE, SINEW
      Acquisition Year: 1895 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: TEIT, JAMES

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      WOMEN'S LEGGINGS (Left)
      Catalog No: 16 / 990
      Culture: Nlaka’pamux
      Locale: BC, THOMPSON RIVER, SPENCES BRIDGE
      Country: CANADA
      Material: HIDE, SINEW
      Acquisition Year: 1895 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: TEIT, JAMES

      See this object in the Anthropology Collections Database