This video is a story of the deep time roots of tanning’s ancient origins. It weave a narrative of co-evolution by people, plant, and animal through the ages and into contemporary cultural and colonial contexts. Each of the three natural methods of hide tanning are explored through history and methodology: smoke-tanning (brain-tanning), mineral tanning, and bark tanning are covered, with examples of hand-tanned products for all. This video is a perfect primer for those starting their own hide tanning journey and who want to explore which method fits their climate, home, or personal use.
Indigenous people are welcome to download for free. At checkout, you will “name your price” and then you’ll receive a Google Drive link to the video.
Guide to the sliding scale:
$40-60: If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, this price is for you.
$20-40: If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here.
$0-$15: If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you belong here and you deserve a community that honours your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.
Words by Alexis J Cunningfolk in The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice.