Buckskin Babes is a moose-hide tanning project undertaken by a group of Indigenous women. It is a tanning station constructed on contested land adjacent to Batiment 7 in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). The moose hide will be provided by the northern community from Indigenous hunters in Quebec.
Within the Indigenous research methodology, the processes of Indigenous cultural resurgence and the reawakening of Indigenous identity are intertwined and involve direct engagement in resurgent cultural practices on the part of the researcher. Many of these practices must be learned
from Indigenous Elders, however, and given that the ratio of Elders to the younger generations is rapidly declining, there is a real risk that without timely, active research in collaboration with Elders, these practices and stories are at risk. The moose-hide tanning project aims to address
this gap by creating an opportunity for direct engagement with traditional cultural and spiritual knowledge in collaboration with Indigenous knowledge keepers from Northern Quebec and local Kanien’kehá:ka Elder.