Willow Goose Decoy

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Willow-twig decoys are an ancient tradition of the Eeyou. We used them only for the spring hunt, while for the fall hunt we had decoys made of mud and wood. The tamarack geese were first made in 1965 by John Blueboy, a wood sculptor from Waskaganish (formerly Rupert House). He found that the attractive, golden-brown colour and lasting fragrance of the tamarack had greater market appeal than the traditional willow. A cottage industry of tamarack goose decoy production sprang up in the Waskaganish–Moose Factory regions during the 1970s. The artisans each developed and sustained their own personal style. Some create decoys with outstretched wings, while others depict the goose perching demurely.



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