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Wind River Virtual Museum

Lived History - The Wind River Virtual Museum

Shoshone Moccasins

This hide scraper is made out of bone, maybe from a buffalo. It has a metal piece on the front that was sharpened to peel the hair from the hide. Depending on the degree of pressure, a thick hide could be made or, if desired, a thinner hide. Before metal, there was just bone, which was sharpened but would wear out. The ladies did all of the hide scraping in old times. When men found out there was potential monetary gain, the men also started to use the hide scraper.