fromfieldtoskin.com – this episode was filmed in may 2019 via zoom between treat one territory in manitoba and matsqui territory in british columbia. mara cur is an incredible tanner and wildcrafter, and i’m so grateful to her for opening our discussions about the furs & skins side of things here with such deep knowledge and generosity. if you’d like to join mara at the gathering she mentions at the end of the summer, you can find out more about it here.
wltribune.com – This month the Station House Art Gallery is hosting a long-awaited Sheepskin Tanning in Williams Lake workshop. The workshop is being organized and run by Mara Cur of Crow’s Nest Wildcraft, an avid practitioner of ancestral skills and crafts.
squamishchief.com – Cultural experience at Alice Lake connects students at Sea to Sky Learning Connections to traditional practice. Sitting in a circle, nearly 20 students surround four tanned deer hides laid out in their classroom at Sea to Sky Learning Connections. They take turns proudly talking about how they worked together to make the hides, occasionally reaching out to touch their handiwork.
thethunderbird.ca – Two teens sit side by side in a rural cabin in Aldergrove, just outside of Vancouver. They reach elbow deep into separate buckets, rubbing the oily emulsion of brains into their raw deer-hides.
Twelve-year-old Talon Pascal and his cousin, Qwilqen Nelson, 14, are the youngest of an ethnically diverse group of people learning how to use brain matter to preserve and soften deer hides. The pair have travelled from Mount Currie, a community just north of Whistler. They have been watching YouTube videos and books, but this hands-on session is the next step in their learning.
earthand.com – Good news! our first grant application for Land & Sea was successful — a big thank you to the City of Vancouver for funding the first stage of this project, which will allow Kamala Todd, Tracy Williams, Lori Snyder, Kelty Jean McKerracher, Sharon and me to explore working with nettle fibre and fish leather.
And many of you are thinking: “…fish…. leather? …. (ew)”
devilmaywear.wordpress.com – In early April, I did the first of a two-part tanning workshop led by Meg Cur of Crow’s Nest Wildcraft. I am interested in learning how to tan because leather is such a beautiful material to work with. I wanted to learn the skills to process hides into leather as both a reclaiming of primitive skills and a way to physically explore the idea of a Fibershed .
AL: Tell me a little about the inspiration behind CrowsNest WildCraft; what is your goal/mandate?
Crow’s Nest is a rewilding education project: it’s a venue for learning wild skills in the pragmatic, corporeal sense of the word, and as well is a venue for re-learning what it means to be wild, embodied, and land-based.