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Makazinan – Moccasins

The above pair of moccasins were collected by Lt. Foster in Michigan during the 1790s and are currently held by the NMAI. They are entirely sewn with leather thong, not thread.  This coupled with a few other plain pairs of moccasins made with a similar construction and the following quote from Dodderidge, has had me thinking that this is THE common way to create a moccasin. “ Moccasons in ordinary use cost but a few hours...

Chicken Terrorists

Well in the past week we have lost what is left of our laying flock.  After four years of having chickens and never having had problems with wild animal predators; a mink has visited and terrorized us.  The first night of his visit, he killed four hens.  I closed things up better at night and set things up to figure out what was coming in.  I figured out it was a mink and started planning on how to deal with him.  After...