When I think of the shield on the parka, I think of God’s words, “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Palm 119: 114. I found that the word, ‘shield’ is used in the Bible many times.
I am encouraged today – even when I am not walking in full armor in my daily life, Jesus is my refuge.
Today, I cut up the patterns for the shield but slightly changed the height to avoid the black spots of the calf skin. In the old days they used caribou as the shield. Perhaps, next time with the child parka I’ll use caribou skin as a shield.
I am searching for caribou hide for the hair strips. I am thinking of using caribou or moose sinew to sew the strips on. I am getting more excited about sewing them together. It’s easier than I thought. If you already hand sew – this too is possible!!! I encourage you as the Word of God encourages me – take on a challenge and learn with me. You can contact me for ideas – I like sharing what I am learning.
The swan feets are both dry. They turned out great! I think I may have to find caribou by way of hunting for them.
Talking about hunting, I actually went trapping for Arctic Ground Squirrels and caught three 🙂. Thanks to Harry and Sharon Alexie and their children and Sargent and his son George Guy for showing me the ropes of squirrel trapping – I learn a wealth of knowledge within an hour or two to trap and the proper way of taking care of the meat. Quyana cakneq!!! It took a lot of courage for me to step into the trapping experience- it’s harrowing to do it alone for the first time – thank God my daughter was with me. Stay tune for more stories with pictures!
Have a wonderful week! Piurci!
I skinned and pulls apart one side of a Swan feet for strips on the shield and the black fish tail. I used small uluaq (women’s sewing knife) and believe it or not my teeth to pull apart the skin from the joint.
Next step is do the other swan feet. After I dry them – I will work on the shield and work around the shield, sewing the squirrels. I need to find caribou hair for decorative strips that goes with the swan feet. I have reddish brownish leather for the other strips for the shield.
While I was at Fish camp – I peeled bark off from an alder wood my brother cut down for smoking the salmon. When I returned to Fairbanks- after talking with Lolly Carpluk and her mom – I was able to get instructions from Lolly and her mom to do my first experiment of natural dyes.
By their instructions: I mixed together alder bark, salt and warm water. I soaked the hairless seal skin into the mix for few days. I checked it a few times until the desired red color was present. I will experiment with soaking it in white vinegar first and try the alder dye again or visaversa.
The 20th day of June was hot and this is how we cooled off.
These are what I started off with before the Arctic Ground Squirrels arrived from a young man from my mother’s childhood home, Kwethluk. What a blessing to have such a young man with family to continue the tradition of hunting and trapping ground squirrels – nothing is wasted from all the catches. Quyana tailuci!
Finished tanning the Arctic Ground Squirrels – all were completed during fishcamp leisure while waiting for salmon fishing to be opened – which has been regulated :-(. I will post the timeline of the tanning process as my busy summer allows. Here is a sneak peak of them squirrels. Quyana, Piurci 🌸