Squamish students learn to tan deer hides

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.

“One of the reasons why this is so exciting is, for probably about a century, it’s the first time within our traditional lands that our children have been learning how to do this,” said Charlene Williams, a culture and language worker with the Squamish Nation education department.

students learn to tan deer hides