27 June 2005

I've got my own 'coon hat

As part of our cultural experience the children liked the idea of having their own 'coon hat. A 'coon hat is one made from the fur of a raccoon, and as dead raccoons are on the roadside in plentiful numbers, anyone that knows how to skin and tan has plenty of material with which to work.
Lana found a raccoon on a very cold Winter's day and we arranged with friends to have the job done. The raccoon was cleaned very well, so that the head and claws were still attached and the whole hide was on one piece. As you can see from this photo, the raccoon hide makes a fine hat, even without actually fashioning it into a hat shape!

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