Animal Hide
Animal Hide

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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Native American ➔ Animal Hide


This animal hide was bathed in brain juice to preserve it and keep it from deteriorating. Hunting was very important for Indigenous peoples survival and the hides from deer, elk, and buffalo were used to create many things including clothing, shelters, rugs, and bags. After a hide was finished soaking in brain juices it would be hung out to dry in the sun. Once dry, it could next be cut and shaped in a variety of ways. If hide was being used for clothing, it had to be stretched, tanned, and sewn. In some cases the leather would be decorated with important symbols and patterns that may have represented someone's occupation in the tribe. 

Deer Hide
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Education Program
Museum Collection

Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (April 2020)
Learn how the Anishinabek have lived alongside the natural world through a variety of artifacts that tell the story of the first people of this place.