Traditional moosehide tanning skills passed on in Whitehorse workshop


Moosehide tanning is one of the fundamental practices of Yukon Indigenous people. They’ve been doing it for thousands of years, and passing the skills down from generation to generation.

It’s an important tradition to maintain the culture, but only a few know how to do it. 

That’s why Margaret Douville, originally from Teslin, Yukon, wants to share the knowledge with others.

“I always like to pass my knowledge on ’cause I’m not gonna be here forever,” she said.

Douville learned this traditional practice from her grandparents when she was 13 years old.

She recalls the moment her grandfather called her Tlingit name, Watsi, meaning little doll, from across her family home and asked her to sit

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