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Dene art of hide tanning opens up new world for anthropology master’s grad – UAlberta

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 2015254 Views

November 17, 2015

For Aileen Reilly, spreading awareness of vanishing Indigenous expertise is a way to honour a debt of knowledge.

Follow your bliss. That’s the lesson Aileen Reilly takes from her journey in anthropology over more than 15 years.

Reilly was in first-year science at the U of A when she decided to take an arts option in a subject that had intrigued her since she was a child. She still remembers the thrill of writing a Grade 4 report on ancient Greece.

She picked up six more courses in anthropology on the way to finishing her science degree, igniting a passion that would change the direction of her life, even if it meant job prospects were uncertain. She went on to complete an after-degree in arts, and this fall graduates with a master’s degree partly focused on hide tanning in the Dene community of Watson Lake on the Yukon’s southern border.

Read More: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2015/november/dene-art-of-hide-tanning-opens-up-new-world-for-anthropology-masters-grad

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