How Did the Indians Tan Deer Hides?
American Indians have been tanning deer hides for centuries, but the process is more of an art than a science. Although all tribes used materials from the natural world to produce velvety-smooth leather, there were variations in techniques. Some used nearby streams to remove the hair from the hide while others wet-scraped the skin after soaking it in a wood ash and water solution. Other tribes scraped the hide when it was dry. Even with these differences, there are trends that unite the tanning practice.