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Elko District Office
Release Date: 10/01/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-001

Hide tanning Demonstration at the California Trail Interpretive Center

ELKO, Nev. – The California Trail Interpretive Center is hosting a leather/hide brain tanning workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. The workshop will teach brain tanning game hides in the traditional manner used by Native Americans.

Brain tanned leathers are made by a labor-intensive process which uses emulsified oils, often those of animal brains. They are known for their exceptional softness and their ability to be washed.

The workshop will be conducted by Jared Nowland, an expert in traditional brain tanning techniques. Nowland will demonstrate all the steps in the brain tanning process with hands-on participation by attendees in the final stages of the process. This is an outdoor demonstration so participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. The Trail Center welcomes school and tour groups. Admission is free. Visit or or call (775) 738-1849 for more information.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015