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Moccasin Workshop

Join us for the Métis Moccasin hand sewing workshop and learn about the history and traditional techniques of making moccasins.

Join us for the Métis Moccasin hand sewing workshop and learn about the history and traditional techniques of making moccasins, which are a type of footwear traditionally worn by Indigenous people in Canada.

Winter experience

  • 2 days
  • $150.00

The Métis  moccasins are typically made of home-tanned hide, and are still worn today by many Métis  people as a traditional and functional footwear.

During the workshop, participants will use the traditional materials to make Métis  moccasins, such as hides, horsehair and learn ways to decorate the vamps with beadwork and embroidery.

What's included

All materials required for the workshop will be supplied.

Itinerary

March 9, 2024, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 10, 2024, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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About your instructor: Knowledge Holder, Lilyrose Meyers

I am a kokum that is very proud of her Métis heritage. My life has been enriched with experiences of life on a trapline, farming, horse trainer, truck driver, equipment operator, boiler room assistant, gas bar manager and transportation and supervision for family services.I am a long time Métis artisan, doll maker, fiber artist, nester, baker, teacher, thrift store shopper and lover of giving old things a new purpose.

I love teaching and sharing my many Métis crafts with people who love to make handcrafted items.

I have resided on Buffalo Lake Métis settlement for 41 years. I was born and raised on a traditional Métis farm north of High Prairie Alberta where I learned how to snare rabbits, ride horses, and live off the land.

I was raised in an old hand-hewn log home. Today I am blessed to be the Knowledge Keeper and Teacher at Métis Crossing. There I get to share my life experience with many people from all walks of life, so they learn who the Métis people are.

It is extremely important that our young people learn these traditional cultural skills to they can them pass down to the next generations. For it is through our children that our Métis heritage will survive and thrive.

My husband Jerry makes me happy and proud. My children make me smile with pride and humble me with their love. My family and friends are special, supportive and are an anchor in my life.

What you will experience

Discover past
and present

Deepen your understanding of Métis heritage through stories from our experienced guides and traditional knowledge-keepers.

Find your
connection

Connect to the Métis way of life through the sharing of practices, traditions, and foods central to Métis culture.

Learn by
living

Participate in unique activities designed to bring you closer to Métis past, present and future.

Feed your
understanding

Experience the healing potential of this powerful place, through a new appreciation for our land, wildlife and shared history. 

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Common Questions

Do I need prior experience in sewing or crafting to participate in the workshop?

No prior experience in sewing or crafting is required to participate in the workshop. The instructor will provide step-by-step guidance and instruction on hand-sewing techniques for making Métis moccasins.

What should I bring with me to the workshop?

Participants are encouraged to bring any personal items they may need, such as snacks, water, and comfortable clothing suitable for sitting and working on the project for an extended period.

Is the workshop suitable for children?

Yes, the instructor will provide information about the history and cultural significance of Métis moccasins as traditional footwear worn by Indigenous peoples in Canada. Participants will learn about the importance of moccasins in Métis culture and its continued use today.

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