I’ve just learned about a free, 8-day brain-tanning workshop in Fort Yates at the end of July. I’ve wanted to learn how to tan hides the traditional way forever – like over 10 years forever – so it is terribly exciting to find a workshop that will even supply a buffalo hide to start with. I’d expect a weekend workshop with rabbit hides, but this is a big deal.
This would be a great skill to bring to any permaculture design incorporating small animals – an additional yield from your rabbits, or from your yearly deer tags. The tools are simple and traditionally handmade. I think it’s just so awesome that each animal generally has enough brains to preserve its own hide.
I’ll have 2-3 spaces in my car if anyone wants to carpool down from Bismarck. Camping is available; the nearest hotel would be Prairie Knights.