MANIFESTO

Restoring the value of traditionally tanned hides through knowledge sharing

 

 

Remembering, Restory-ing, Reclaiming Indigenous wisdom

Hide tanning returns purpose and value to deer and moose hides in our homelands

 

The future of hide tanning relies on protecting the waters and lands of the Great Lakes​

 

Honouring animal spirits and ancestors who live here

Our camp pushes back against ongoing Two Spirit erasure

 

Hide tanning is honourable harvest

 

Hide tanning is Ceremony

 

Hide tanning decolonizes our hunting ways

 

Two-spirit, Non Binary, Trans, Gender-non-conforming community members have been carriers of hide tanning throughout decolonial notions of time and space

 

The Gender Binary is an imposed colonial set of rules

 

Two Spirit, Trans, Non Binary genders are traditional

 

Hunting is not only a "traditional men's role", whereas Hide Tanning is not only a "traditional women's role"

 

Hide tanning is gender fluid​

 

Hide tanning happens in the bush, in your backyard, on the land, in rural and urban settings, remote places, public spaces, on NDN lands

 

Hide tanning is an act of love for the past, present, future