Like most Northerners, my family proudly wears fur. My parents, Jane and David Dragon raised six children. My sisters, brothers and I were dressed in fur from my parents' trapline. Our mother made hats, mittens, mukluks, and parkas. Setsuné (grandmother in the Chipewyan language) is a talented seamstress. She has been sewing with furs and hides most of her life; her garments have been displayed in a special gallery in the Canadian Museum of History.
Aurora Heat, Inc. makes its home in the small town of Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories. We employ Northerners in the production of our hand, foot, and body warmers. My son, Joel, and niece, Bryanna, are among Aurora Heat's employees and I love working with both of them. Setsuné is Aurora Heat's Cultural Advisor and her favourite greeting is łThá huná ~ May you live a long time!
Together, we want to bring you a traditional way of keeping warm. Since starting this company, Elders have shared their stories of the long-ago practice of stuffing fur in mitts and mukluks. In the old days, it was rabbit fur which was easily accessible. Modern tanning and newer methods of processing fur helped us choose sheared beaver for its durability and cloud-like softness.
As an Indigenous person, committed nature lover and steward of the environment, I love creating and sharing natural and sustainable products, especially these ones that replace disposables. We use all the parts of each and every pelt. In our workshop at the end of each day, there is a no garbage in a bin. An authentic connection with the land is made when we look to nature to provide. In fact, our company's vision is "Offering harmony with the natural world."
Fur is part of our family's history. You are welcome to make it part of yours.
Dënesųłiné – pronounced: Den-nay-soot-lin-ay - Chipewyan language
detł'ogh nedhël – pronounced: ah-raw nay-thawl – fur warmth
łThá huná – pronounced: Thow-woo-nah – may you live a long timeI