Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Making a Sax

These delicate saxs are made from about 40 puffin skins. Saxs require a very long period of time for construction. After women gather the puffins, they skin and dry them for a couple of months. In the fall the skins are placed in a tanning liquid. Afterwards they are taken to a creek, where stomping occurs on the skins to cleanse them from the tanning liquid. Once cleaned, they are dried. Then the women complete the tedious work of chewing on the skins to take out the stored oil and fat within the skin. Finally the pieces are sewn together to create the fine work of a sax. It is long, almost reaching the ground, and consists of colors such as scarlet red, green, blue, or black. Saxs are used only on lands and in cold temperatures.

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