The Amazing Lost Survival Skills Of Past Generations

Tanning Hides For Clothing And Shelter

sheepskin, goatskin, leather and felt products
Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images
Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images

It’s not too difficult to tan a hide, but it’s a skill that the majority of people living in the 21st century do not know how to do (unless they’re hunters). Those who have practiced this skill are able to scrape off the fat from a hide without tearing it. Our ancestors used these hides for clothing as well as shelter and as blankets and floor coverings.

Today, many people avoid animal byproducts for ethical reasons, but during the frontier days and prior, hiding tans was essential for survival purposes.