We offer Cree Tamarak Geese decoys from our office in Toronto. The standing goose decoys come with two legs or three legs (see photos below). Let us know if you have a preference for the two or three leg style, otherwise, we will send an assortment.
The Cree hunters of James Bay originally used the life-sized tamarack birds as decoys during their annual spring and fall hunts. Made from the tamarack (larch) tree, the tamarack bird represents the Canada Goose. The hole in it's head symbolizes the white patch on the head of the Canadian Goose.
The core of the body is composed of a ball of twigs and the outer part is shaped into a goose. You will notice the fragrance of the tamarack tree, if the birds is stored in a hot dry place, but the aroma will eventually leave the bird as it dries out. To revive the fragrance, submerge the bird in hot water for approximately ten minutes. You may repeat this procedure as often as you wish.
This dying part of the James Bay Cree tradition was revived in 1968 by Mr. John Blueboy of Moose Factory, Ontario. Mr. Blueboy came up with the idea of making miniature birds to sell as souvenirs or gifts. Since then, the Cree living in the James Bay region have taken up the art.
Standing Goose Decoys
||Height, from the
top of head measured straight down
||Body Length, from base of head to tip of tail
|| X-Small Tamarack Goose
||~4.5" to 6"
||~8.5" to 10"
||~4.25" to 4.75"
|| Small Tamarack Goose
||~5" to 5.75"
||~9" to 9.5"
||~5" to 5.5"
|| Medium Tamarack Goose
||~5.5" to 6.5"
||~9" to 11"
||~5.25" to 5.5"
|| Large Tamarack Goose
||~6.5" to 7.5"
||~11" to 12"
||~6" to 7"
|| X-Large Tamarack Goose
||~7" to 8.5"
||~11.5" to 13"
||~6.5" to .5"
||Small Tamarack Goose Flier
||~16" wing span measured straight from tip to tip
|| Medium Tamarack Goose Flier
||~22" wing span measured straight from tip to tip
~26.75" wing span measured along the back
~9.5" tip of head to tip of tail
~6.25" body length from base of neck to tip of tail, from the front
~10.75" body circumference
~4.25" tall when lying upside down
Genus and species: Larix laricina. Wild.
Native Made in Canada