One Stitch at a Time – A Cultural Tourism Partnership
The Storyboot Project exists to revive the traditional art of mukluk-making, supporting Manitobah Mukluks vision of making a significant impact in Aboriginal communities in Canada. The Museum hosts weekly Storyboot School sessions that teach local Indigenous students the art of making and decorating traditional mukluks. Travel groups from The Travel Corporation along with other Museum visitors are able to observe the Storyboot classes and learn about the craft, interacting with the teachers and students. The project also enables Storyboot artisans from across Canada to display and sell their mukluks at the Bata Shoe Museum. Most of all, for the Indigenous youth it gives an opportunity to learn a heritage art in danger of being lost.
Presenters: Sheila Knox, Bata Shoe Museum; Stephanie Pangowish, Storyboot Project.