Elders describe the use of arts, crafts, and sewing in their lives growing up. From moccasin making, to beadwork and sewing, Elders emphasize the importance on knowing these practical skills – “the old ways”. Storytelling accompanied these lessons.
Julia Arts 3
Julia describes the importance of teaching traditional crafts in Michif to maintaining culture and language.
Julia Arts 2
Julia reminisces about her grandmother’s knitting.
Tom Arts 1
Tom describes the importance of knowing the “old ways” in times of hardship.
Ella Arts 4
Ella discusses the importance of sewing in her family growing up.
Ella Arts 3
Ella shares her husband’s thoughts on their grandson and choosing a partner.
Ella Arts 1
Ella talks about the regional diversity in moccasin styles.
Esther Arts 1
Esther describes learning from her mother to do laundry, sewing, and beadwork and that stories accompanied this learning.
Ella Arts 2
Esther, Francis, and Ella ponder the correct terms for the different materials used in making moccasins.
Julia Arts 1
Julia remembers learning to sew from her grandmother.
Cecile Arts 1
Cecile sang when she sewed but got a needle in her finger and though others were there she took it out herself.