Baby makizin class strengthens Ojibwe traditions


CASS LAKE—Sunshiny days of powwow season were on the minds of three mothers-to-be Tuesday night as they escaped dark skies and bitter January cold for some girl time inside the Leech Lake Facilities Center in Cass Lake.

The women have been spending winter evenings sewing mommy-made makizin (moccasin) pairs for their soon-to-be new arrivals at a baby moccasin making class hosted by Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator Wenona Kingbird. Come summer, little feet will be stepping out in style, albeit not walking yet, adorned in adorable moccasins.

Kingbird began looking for community bonding events when she became coordinator a year ago. She said the baby moccasin idea came to her after her husband, Don, hosted a successful two-night Makazinitaagewin (moccasin game) for boys and men at the center.


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