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Winter Mitts, Anishinaabe-Style   

Prepare for the coming winter season by sewing a pair of custom-fit leather mittens using some of the warmest natural materials available. Join cultural specialist Greg Biskakone Johnson at Grand Portage National Monument and learn to sew soft, hand-tanned buckskin in the Anishinaabe tradition. Wool linings will ensure that fingers stay cozy and a choice of fur (including synthetic and up-cycled) options will be provided for trim. Embellishment can be done using fabric designed by the instructor featuring beadwork motifs. As with all handwork, this is an opportunity not only to gain leatherwork skills, but also to be immersed in the stories and cultural history of the Anishinaabe people indigenous to this part of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Note, this course is a partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the National Park Service and will be held at the Grand Portage National Monument, located about 35 miles northeast up the shore from North House. This unique location provides access to the Monument’s collections and exhibits to enhance the learning experience. 

Required Tools

  • All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins. 

Optional Tools

  • If you need reading glasses or eye magnification for detail work, please bring it along.
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