History: The Romance of Leather and Its Importance to Mankind – Pt. 2

Reprinted from the March 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Romance of Leather and Its Importance to Mankind – Pt. 2
Reprinted through the courtesy of the Tanners’ Council of America

‘When America was discovered, the settlers found the Indians well versed in the art of tanning. They used the leather for many purposes, chiefly for clothing, tents and canoes (although they also made canoes of other materials).

All the leather made by the Indians was the famous “buckskin tan”, a leather of exceeding softness and pliability, and remarkable for its ability to keep out water. The Navajos were especially skillful in dressing hides and ornamenting leather, but the Crow Indians were generally considered to have the best tanning method.’

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