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Bull Caribou
© Jeff Vanuga/CORBIS

Moose Crossing River
© DLILLC/CORBIS

Clothing Materials

Materials From the Land

“...that time, long ago, they never had such things as factory-made clothing. They had to tan everything in order to make clothing.” Rachel Robert, Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, 1993

Traditionally, all clothing was made from the tanned hides of land mammals. Caribou and moose were preferred, but many other animals -- snowshoe hare, muskrat, beaver, marten, otter, mountain sheep and goat, and musk-ox -- were used as well, depending on locale, availability and season.