Furs such as this were used by many different nations for warmth during the winter months. After an animal was skinned, the fur was hung to dry and prepared to be made into clothing or used in creating tools.
Beginning in the 1500s, the French and Native Americans in the Great Lakes region began trading furs. Beaver pelts became extremely valuable and fashionable in Europe, nearly causing the extinction of beavers. Other furs were also used by Native Americans such as muskrat, fox, bear, and wolf pelts.