Wednesday, 13 May 2015

INDIAN TAXIDERMY ... The Nipigon Style



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.
Speckled Trout
Mary Pickford Speckled Trout Trophy
1936 winner
Edwin Mills

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