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The Storyboot School

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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal people can learn the art of mukluk-making from elders and expert artisans.

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Fast Fact

At its inception, the Storyboot Project began with a single Cree artist

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The Objective

The TreadRight Heritage Initiative grant will go towards setting up an educational space/work space at The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, at which an Aboriginal artisan will give weekly Storyboot School sessions that serve to teach the heritage art of mukluk-making to local indigenous students and visitors. The project will also display and sell the work of existing Storyboot artists from Canada in the museum’s gift shop.

The Impact

The overall effect is to create 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 Aboriginal artists.

 

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