EDWIN MILLS OBSERVATIONS:
Illustrating Indian Taxidermy practiced at the riverside.
The fish is skinned and rolled in damp moss and certain roots.
A sheet of birch bark is nailed to a flat surface, later to be framed, and the skin stitched to the bark.
It must be cured for several weeks and the guides are clever at this and later give a few more natural retouching than can be done in town.
However, it is best to let the skin cure properly for at least a month if the final colours are to hold, as the original oil must be taken out of the skin for complete success.
Sam Morriseau’s observations to K.K.
“ You skinned the fish out along the lateral line…stretched the skin over a piece of dry wood – an old canoe paddle worked well – then you smoked it over a cedar bough fire,” Old Sam said, “ the fish would keep forever after this treatment but it did stain the fish a deep brown colour.”
|6 lbs 11 oz.|
Mary Pickford Speckled Trout Trophy