RABBIT SKIN BLANKETóIs an Indian made rabbit skin robe warm enough for camping out in winter in northern Canada, without any other bedding being taken? I have heard that one could sleep out in the open in winter with this.
The Indian rabbit skin robe or blanket is the only bedding used by the bunters and trappers of the Hudson Bay country and only a single blanket is used. They are made by a number of the northern Indian tribes and are in general use all over northern Canada and Alaska. But whether it will be warm enough for you is a question for you alone to decide. I could not sleep out with one of these as I have known Indians to do, although this blanket is by far the warmest bedding I have ever found, and my experiments included sleeping in a sleeping bag of canvas, lined with sheepskin with the wool on and with an inner blanket lining. This weighed perhaps twenty-five pounds, and a rabbit skin robe of large size weighing eight or ten pounds (guessed) proved fully twice as warm. I think that with one of these alone a man could sleep on a bed of boughs under a lean-to, with a fire in front in a temperature of fifty or sixty degrees below zero, but in the open without s fireónot for mine. These robes are the ideal camp blanket for the Canadian trapper for winter use. But if you want something that is entirely satisfactory you must have it made to order, for those that the Indians make for themselves are too small for a white man, unless he can stoop drawn up into a bunch, like the Indians do. If the blanket is too small you will stretch it and it will get thin.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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