Healing Through Hide Tanning August 10-14, 2024


Healing Through Moose Hide Tanning” will take place in amiskwaciwâskahikan river valley (Edmonton, Alberta). This will be a 5-day urban hide camp led by Jessica Sanderson-Barry, Cree Hide Tanner and Marina Nohokoo, Denesuline Knowledge Holder and Master Hide Tanner with support . Oral stories, Cree & Dene language sharing, natural laws of inter-connectedness will bring us together and we will learn the many different ways of Indigenous Knowledge systems on how to traditional tan a moose hide.  We will collectively work on 2 moose hides over 5 days in different stages.  

This hide camp will be a safe space and allow Indigenous folks who do not have access to Land-Based Learning or transportation to attend ceremony or hide camps outside of Edmonton area, and will have the opportunity to learn with hands on experience igniting their own blood memory working with moose hides in all the stages from fleshing, scraping and softening a moose hide, learn the different methodology of how to soften a moose hide.  

To further healing and reciprocity we will have a trade exchange on Day 4 where each individual brings something that represents their homelands or their Indigenous culture. Trade exchanges are rooted in our Indigenous communities and play an important role in our natural laws showing reciprocity.

Priority will be given to Indigenous Folks, 2SLGBTQIA+ relatives and Indigenous Youth (18-29 Years Old).  This will be a safe space for our 2SLGBTQIA+ relatives.  No-prior hide knowledge necessary.  We welcome all learners. 

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2024 by 11:59pm (MST - Mountain Standard Time / AB Time).  Please give yourself some time to fill out.  

Date & Time:
August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Everyday from 9:00am - 4:30pm

Edmonton, Alberta Downtown River Valley (Location map will be sent to accepted participants)

Must be committed to ALL full days (August 10-14, 2024). 
- Must be 18 year old or older due to liability.  *Must be 18 years old by August 8, 2024.
- Priority will be given to Indigenous Folks and 2SLGBTQIA+ Relatives and Indigenous Youth (18-29 years old). 
- No prior hide knowledge necessary. 
- Priority will be for Indigenous folks in the Edmonton and Surrounding Area.
Travel to and from urban hide camp is the responsibility of the participant.
- Accommodations, Breakfast & Supper for all days will be the responsibility of the participant. 
- Must have physical capacity to work on hides using many different tools throughout the day.  Hide tanning is very taxing on one's body and we want to make sure everyone is safe at all times. 
- Must agree with gathering protocols respecting gender and sexual diversity.  These protocols will be shared one month prior to urban hide gathering and at gathering. 

What is Included in Your Registration: 
Teachings from Knowledge Keepers, Master Hide Tanner and Mentees.  
- Learn hide tanning words in both Dene and Cree language from Knowledge Keepers. 
- No cost to attend teachings for selected participants. 
- Get to be apart of a trade exchange (Day 4).
- Note book will be provided. 
- Morning tea, Coffee & snacks will be provided.  Water jug stations on site. 
- 5 lunches on all days will be provided. For those selected, we understand that food allergies and dietary restrictions require special attention, you may wish to bring food to supplement at this hide tanning gathering.  
- Collective hide tools to share throughout camp. 

Deadline to Apply: 
June 30, 2024 by 11:59pm (MST - Mountain Standard Time / AB Time) 
Application Link copy and paste this:

Due to the number of high applications and limited funding available, we’re very limited on spots available.  Those selected will be notified by/on July 9th, 2024.  In which an email will include location map, how to get to River Valley, what to pack and confirm your attendance.  I will also have a zoom meeting 2 weeks prior to hide tanning to answer any questions you may have.  At this time, we will create a waiting list for those who wish to be added in case of last minute cancellations. 

Note: When filling out this application, please ensure you do not push X out of the browser before hitting submit.  A copy of your application will be sent to your email.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via email info@jshinedesigns.ca
Thank you all very much for your time and we are very excited & looking forward to hosting our first hide tanning gathering in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta).