Manian (Ashini) Michel


The scraper is used to get the caribou hair off. The caribou hide is put onto a big piece of wood that has been scraped off well enough to put the hide over it. When the caribou hair has been removed then the meat is also scraped off. This softens the hide and it is easy to work with. This is how the caribou hide is cleaned with the scraper. The hide is hung outdoors to dry. When it is dry, it is then ready to be smoked. My father made the scraper for me, and I still use it today. I learned how to use the scraper from my parents, Shuashim Ashini, and An-Pinamen McKenzie.