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Pulling out Tracing Paper and the "Imperfect Beader" HB Tip of the Day

Boozhoo and welcome to your Heart Berry Beadwork/Moccasin making tip of the Day.  Today we are at this exciting step of pulling out our tracing paper.  We get to actually see what our project will look like!! Also I ramble on about being an imperfect beader.  

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Not that kind of Grandma

My Grandma was not one of those fun grandmas.  At her house we did not make messes or have sleepovers.  She was a boarding school survivor, strict catholic, and quite frankly as a kid she scared me. As my grandma grew into her last years though I was a budding geneologist, cultural artist, and loved photos.  I loved to ask her about her life, about pictures, and about our shared childhood home on Reservation road. She was not a maker. I never saw her create art of any kind.  So why name the moccasin book Nookomis Obagijigan?   Kadina was sent to Red Lake Boarding School in 1923. She grew up the child of the nuns who beat her.  I don't know...

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Moccasin Patterning Video Release!

At Nokomis Obagijigan we are working to build makers.  Many of us did not grow up with a grandma sewing in her kitchen.  Life is complex and we are always on the road to recovering who we are as Anishinaabeg.  Many of us spend our lifetimes searching for our grandmother's gifts.   We at Nokomis Obagijigan are not experts but we work tirelessly to share the little we know with our communities. Available on YouTube, these videos are meant to compliment your learning from teachers, mentors, the existing Ojibwe Pucker Toe moccasin making videos,and our forthcoming pattern book.  Please share and use widely.     Part 1  Making the bottom of the Moccasin Part 2 Making the top of the Moccasin Miigwech the...

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