What’s the Muskrat jamboree without a muskrat skinning contest?
The race has simple rules: Remove the skin using a knife. No using the hands, and it must be a clean job.
Jamboree host Roy Ipana started by holding two muskrats up for the audience.
As people took photos, he then explained that people in the Beaufort Delta have been trapping muskrat for generations.
“A muskrat trapper would set about 100 traps, then make a fire and have some tea, and then check the traps on the way home,” he explained. “One year, (legendary Inuvik general store manager) Slim Semmler called out for 100,000 muskrats, and they caught them all.”
After the contest was over — the winners took less than two minutes each — the muskrat skins were collected and the meat given to elders for cooking.