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Seal Furs and Skins: Then and Now
These fresh furs were spotted on the Bonavista Peninsula in the early spring of 2013. They were being temporarily preserved in saltwater while waiting to be further processed. The furs will likely be transformed into fur boots or mittens and sold in a local craft shop to both tourists and residents.
Seal furs and skins have had many traditional uses in Newfoundland, particularly the farther you go north where they were once vital for winter protection. People wore sealskin boots and mittens for travel by foot, or while hunting and hauling wood, often on dogsled. The making of sealskin boots, a style where the skin is seasoned after the fur is removed, and then processed into a durable, ornate footwear, are considered an endangered traditional practice on the Great Northern Peninsula (GNP). The origins of this handicraft is thought to be an adaptation by early settlers of skills learned from aboriginal groups along the Straits of Belle Isle in Labrador. From there, sewing and pleating techniques were handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Some (but relatively few) GNP women still continue the practice but the boots are rarely worn—nowadays it is more common to see sealskin boots on display in a museum, preserved as heirlooms in a box, or hanging as decorations in a home.
Nonetheless, seal-craft traditions continue in Newfoundland, having conformed to modern tastes and needs. In St. John’s, for example, we have begun to see seal fur boots as urban winter wear. They still make use of local resources, but employ contemporary designs, styles, uses, and even outsource some of the manufacturing (Nunavut, Northern Quebec, and Greenland assist with production).
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