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Cassavant Visited by Local Taxidermist

Students at Cassavant Elementary School were recently visited by a local taxidermist, who shared a little bit about Native American culture with them.

Richard Burke presented furs and tools made from different animals in the area that might have been similar to what Native Americans made and used. The Dryden students were full of questions and excitement as they tried to identify animals by looking at their furs.

Burke brought along fox, deer, buffalo, bear and beaver furs that he has made himself over the years. He started presenting his collection to elementary students about two years ago.

“Some students never get to see a fur or the tools that may have been used in that time,” Burke stated. “I love seeing how excited students are when I show them things that can’t be bought at Walmart.”

Students were afforded the opportunity to not only try on the furs, but also try out some of the tools such as drums and pouches. The buffalo fur was a crowd favorite during this hands-on activity.  

Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor Published:2/13/17
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