Melaw nakehk’o. Indigenous actress Melaw Nakehk'o discusses her role in 'The Revenant'

Melaw Nakehk’o: artist on a moosehide mission

Melaw nakehk’o

The most inspiring thing about this project for me though has been seeing the sparks of inspiration she has been lighting along they way. We all have callouses and multiple cuts to show for how much we put into these moose hides. I held, she nailed and constructed a post so she could begin fleshing a new hide. I think all of these people were just waiting for an opportunity to learn in the right circumstances. I really got a grasp of what the hide should look like, feel like and how various tools will effect the results.

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Indigenous actress Melaw Nakehk'o discusses her role in 'The Revenant'

Melaw nakehk’o

Many students from her time at Dechinta have at their own, often great, expense, made the trip to join Melaw along her journey with the hides. All the hair that I remove goes in the bag. Biography Melaw Nakehk'o's professional acting debut in The Revenant is the natural progression of her distinguished career as an artist and community leader. This is the first time for me to use the post to flesh it took a while to find a comfortable hold on the hide I held the tool differently. For the red carpet premiere of the movie in , she received media attention when she wore a dress that was a collaboration between artist and -based house of. The truck has a slow leak in one of the tires so that put us back a bit. I got a lot of the one hide done yesterday and I pulled it out again this morning.

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. I trimmed the legs down and any part that was kind of floppy to fit in the frame, slit a hole in the center neck and center bottom, and in all 4 corners than spaced slits evenly all around the hide. She has taught moosehide tanning at the. This moose hide was over the smoke for 30 minutes. Tuesday May 22nd I got two more moose hides that I need to get done by Monday the 28th.

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Melaw Nakehk'o

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Though the documentary is meant to teach people how to tan moosehide, Johnson said the finished product, expected to be a 30-45 minute feature, will be much deeper than an instructional video. She also praises the filmmakers decision to seek and hire Indigenous talents for the Indigenous roles. I have 5 green moose hides, one from last fall that my dad and brother Tumbah hunted, 2 from the Mouse brothers that I bought in March I will write more about this story later on , and 2 more from my Dad and his brothers when they were out this winter. She has also said that the brutality with which her character is treated in the movie reflects that is still going on today. The weather has been teaching us patience and raining the past couple of days. Having only two weeks to do a job that takes much longer, they explored all the stages, from scraping to soaking, drying and smoking.

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Melaw Nakehk'o on Native's Fashion and The Revenant

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We made some nice coals in the smoke pit and put a layer of E-denitu over the coals. Tied up the frame and leaned it up against the cross pole. But as a typical teenager, she said, her heart was not in it. There I am peeling poles in the rain. There are a few rules here, all the hair and moose bits that come off of the hide while your working it must be put out on the land with an offering, it does not go into the trash. My mama Heather and I made a very sturdy Post. It is for the same reasons I butter my kids noses on their birthdays, cook large meals regardless of how many people are home, clean my house really well just before and just after I take a vacation, or spend time in the garden regardless of skill.

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Melaw Nakehk'o

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Minsis came over to help us again too, mostly by bringing her cuteness and questions about all the tools and what they do and by observing, which is so important. I use a moose leg bone tool for this job. If I were working on a moose hide on my own I would use this method first i would take all the hair off, boy was it heavy trying to adjust the hide on the pole. While the pole is out I re-stretched the hide and kept it tight on the frame. This hide had been through this process with Melaw in Trout Lake, so it was getting really soft. I feel like I had to honour those indigenous women and do the best I can.

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Melaw Nakehk’o: artist on a moosehide mission

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With that planned out, I took one of the Mouse brother hides out of the water and began cutting the hair off. Bungee cords are another awesome thing to have when working on the land. My Mama sharpening the bone tools for me. The hide from last Fall is in the most need of preparing to a dry state. I fell asleep late everyday and woke up early with my hands cramped in scraping position.

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Melaw Nakehk’o: artist on a moosehide mission

Melaw nakehk’o

It is also taking the damp hides longer to dry on the pole while it is raining. There has been tools developed that may be more efficient for this job, although I like using the bone tools, it is like my grandmothers are with me when I work. July 2011 I travel to Blachford Lake Lodge for Dechinta with Melaw and our kids. Her work in reviving and teaching moosehide tanning techniques has initiated a resurgence of the practice and shaped a broader community building movement within Canada. The rain started again, good thing we got the 2 moose hides smoked before it started. They were then folded and are now soaking for the 3rd time in moose brain water. Removing hair from a rotting hide by literally washing it off, cutting and stringing up a hide on a frame, fleshing hide and doing whatever we could to lesson the smell of said rotting hide in time for royal visit.

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