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.