The Storyboot School
The Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot Project helps revive the traditional art by creating partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. Today, the Storyboot Project has emerged as a global online marketplace where Indigenous artists showcase their one-of-a-kind mukluks and moccasins and receive 100% of the proceeds. The project has grown to include a national Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School where young Indigenous people can learn the art of mukluk-making from elders and expert artisans.
At its inception, the Storyboot Project began with a single Cree artist
The TreadRight Heritage Initiative grant has established an educational space/work space at The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, at which an Indigenous artisan delivers weekly Storyboot School sessions that serve to teach the heritage art of mukluk-making to local indigenous students and visitors.
The project also displays and sells the work of existing Storyboot artists from Canada in the museum’s gift shop.
The project has created a not-for-profit, artisan-run Indigenous arts program that helps sustain Indigenous craft while providing cross-cultural exchange. The project creates an income for the managing artist, educates the next generation of Indigenous artists on the art of mukluk-making, creates a forum for cultural exchange, and expands the Storyboot Project’s capacity to create real opportunities and life skills for Indigenous artists.