Soles for the Soul

Moccasin Crafting Workshop  ~  May 17-18, 2014

The Buffalo is ancient.   It’s lineage, of the bovine family bisonids diverged from the common ancestral line with water buffalo and African buffalo about 5 to 10 million years ago.  The North American Bison genus is clearly in the fossil record by 2 million years ago.  It has served the indigenous peoples of North American ever since the modern American bison—some 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. 

Buffalo is guardian medicine.  Shelter and sustenance, protector.  Buffalo teaches us to trust all our needs will be meet and to be grateful, to have faith in the abundances we already have.  Buffalo teaches us to be at peace and allow for the spiritual to support us.  White Buffalo Calf Woman brought to the People the sacred pipe, teaching the People to pray.  Again teaching a trust in promise that our prayers are being heard and our need will be met.

The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received.  Buffalo medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation.”  (Excerpt from Medicine Cards by Sams and Carson)

I sleep under a Buffalo robe.  I journey with her medicine.  She is part of most ceremony and ritual in my work.  She holds much for me and for others with a willingness that is nearly unparalleled in my experience.  Whatever is needed is provided for.

It is my preference to use buffalo hide for the moccasin I sew.  The powerful medicine can be felt when the shoes surround your feet.   I currently offer two different styles of moccasin and one style of knee high boots.  Each pair is custom fit and hand stitched.  I am offering a two day workshop for you to sew your own buffalo hide moccasin.

Saturday & Sunday  ~  May 17-18, 2014  ~  9am – 7pm each day      Workshop fee is $250  for shoes and $425 for boots                                    Please inquire regarding the additional foot measurements and pre-fitted patterns needed for a proper fit.

If a two day workshop doesn’t fit in your schedule, let me sew your moccasin for you.  Again, every pair is custom fit and hand stitched to fit your feet like no other shoe.  These moccasin are sumptuous and comfortable, you won’t want to wear anything else.  Being the shoe-aholic that I am, I have several pair.  My favorite are so comfortably well worn, I am almost (but not quite) embarrassed, I wear them nearly every day – PNW rain or shine!

Buffalo teaches us how to remain grounded, how to work with the natural rhythms and all things happen in right time with right action.

I also sew with Elk hide.  Deer hide works well too for the tops of the shoes with a Buffalo hide for a sturdy sole.

 Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

Wing Medicine Workshop

Join in for a celebration of Mother and all things divinely feminine.  Wing Medicine Workshop – May 11, 2014 – noon to 6pm                    Workshop fee $75 – all materials included

Please RSVP your intention to join so I may prepare for you.

Ted Andrews writes in his book Animal Speak, ” The turkey is sometimes called the earth eagle.  It has a long history of association with spirituality and honoring of Mother Earth.  It is a symbol of all the blessings that the Earth contains, along with the ability to use them.”  Is it time to transcend the mundane and put your energy to good use for the greater good?  What is needed at this time in your immediate world, that of your family or community?

The Wild Turkey is a very intelligent and complex bird native to North America.  The Wild Turkey has acute senses and a highly developed social system often found in flocks of up to 60 individuals.  They are known to work cooperatively both in their foraging needs and with rearing their young.  Not only are they big and beautiful but the females are excellent mothers taking up to two years to fully raise a brood.  There is so much a young turkey must learn.  Is it time to mother yourself in a really good way?  What would feed you?  Are your physical needs being met?  How about your spiritual needs?  What could you do for yourself to bless yourself up in a good way?

Crafting a feather fan for energetic clearing with the wing or tail of the Wild Turkey creates the opportunity for receiving gifts – material, spiritual or intellectual.  I believe now is the time to use all the gifts available to us to their fullest potential.  By doing so, we give back to the Divine in a truly wonderful way.

 Aho Mitakuye Oyasin