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In the boreal forests of this extensive region of northern Canada, Aboriginal peoples traditionally lived by hunting and fishing, and were constantly on the move in search of food and raw materials. Along with caribou, moose were an essential source of meat and materials. Moose hide was transformed with great skill and patience into garments, footwear, bags, hunting snares and other objects. Many parts of the moose were used in this process. Fat and flesh were removed from the hide using a scraper fashioned from a leg bone. Brains were used to soften and preserve the de-haired skin. Tendons (or sinew) from the back were dried, shredded and twisted to make sewing thread. Bones were carved into a sharp tool called an awl to pierce the hide for sewing. Hair from the back of the moose and porcupine quills were dyed and used as a decorative trim, particularly on clothing, along with silk embroidery thread, ribbon and glass beads obtained through trade. These traditional techniques are still practiced with pride in some northern communities.

Given the information provided, can you identify the three (3) objects from the Subarctic region? Check the boxes below the images you think are correct. Good luck!

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