Students learn how to make moccasins

A moccasin-making activity will be held Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m. and will meet outside the Student Activities Office located in the Manwaring Center, according to the BYU-Idaho Activities Web page.

Neil Falke, a junior studying geology, said the moccasin-making activity will be a little different this semester.

He said the students will learn how to design a type of moccasin called ghillies.

“They’re a lot simpler than the ones we used to do, and they can be done within the time limit posted on the tickets,” Falke said.

He said students will learn how to work with leather.

“Leather is definitely different than fabric in that it usually stretches in one direction,” Falke said. “We’ll be doing some measuring, cutting, tracing, punching, threading and, hopefully, wearing of  the leather.”

Falke said there is a pattern that can be printed and taped to leather to outline the pattern.

“After that you cut it out, punch holes in it in certain places, string a leather cord though the holes and tie a few ends,” Falke said.

Falke said there is a lot to be gained from going to the activity.

“We can learn from the sacrifice of creatures how we should sacrifice to ‘clothe the naked,’ or ‘feed the hungry,’ as Jesus teaches us,” Falke said.

Falke said if people take the time to reflect and create something, then they can have spiritual gain and personal satisfaction.

“Anywhere that people are willing to slow down and take the time to work with their hands, you find a culture of appreciation, unity and love,” Falke said.

KimaliZi Wi, meaning “yellow butterfly,” a member of the Lakota tribe located in the Great Plains, said moccasins make her think of both the spiritual and cultural aspects.

“First thing I think of is earth, comfort and shoes,” KimaliZi Wi said. “Spiritual aspects I think of ceremonies.”

Falke said there is a special type of community that surrounds the culture.

“For lack of better words, it’s a down-to-earth culture, a culture where people care for people,” Falke said. “Doing things like this creates a real sense of community and oneness.”

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