Mitten - ROM2005_5398_1



Maker: Eliza Sakakeep, Northern Ojibwa
Medium:Depilated moose skin, cloth tape
Geography: Weagamow Lake, Ontario, Canada
Date: 1958
31.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 959.50.92.B
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionMoose skin is the most durable material for the manufacture of mittens and moccasins. The labourious preparation of the skin involves removing the hair and flesh, scraping the skin to an even thickness, soaking in water, rubbing in a mixture of brains and fish livers, beating and scraping to make the fibres pliable, and finally smoking the skin. Six to eight pairs of mittens can be made from a single moose skin.
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