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November is Native American Heritage Month!

On August 3, 1990 President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. Native American Heritage Month calls to honor the first Americans who have contributed to the growth of the United States and its accomplishments as a whole. In 1915, the second Saturday of May was declared American Indian Day, however, in 1990, the movement was transformed into National American Indian Heritage Month. Our first Americans deserve some recognition, which is why we have gathered a few unique ways in which we can celebrate the movement:

  • Enjoy the month of November in a pair of DIY (do it yourself) Moccasin shoes. ***
  • Although you may view the sport as preppy nowadays, lacrosse was actually developed by the first Americans in the 12th century. If you do not know how to play, it might be fun to learn and gather a group of friends for a game.
  • Try the buffalo on a local steakhouse’s menu. Buffalo was the traditional source of protein for the first Americans.
  • This one may be easier said than done, but try to take a break from technology for the month!

*** In the cold winter months, your feet can catch a chill just from walking around your home. Park yourself in front of the fire and make yourself a pair of moccasins to warm up your feet, keep comfy, and stay stylish while you’re hanging out indoors. Follow the steps below to make a pair of basic leather moccasins.

Find a paper grocery bag and cut it open so that it is at its largest possible surface area. You need to surface of the paper bag to be large enough to trace both of your feet.

Take a pen or pencil and trace your left foot with a seam allowance of about 1/8 of an inch.

Keep your foot on the paper and trace your fingers straight down from the high inside arch of your foot, marking dots where they connect to the paper. Use a pen or pencil to draw a straight line by connecting the dots you just marked.

Lift your foot off of the template and continue the line you just created down to the heel of the outline and extend it one inch past the end of the heel. This outline will be the sole of your moccasin and should look like a foot with a T-shape near the middle.

Put your palms face down on the paper and place the tips of your thumbs on the top of the T-shape with your nails and top knuckles touching.

Squeeze your fingers together and bring the index fingers to touch. Trace the outside edge of your hands onto the template.

Start at the side of the template where you just marked the outside of your palms and draw lines to the tip of the foot outline and the base of the heel to create a triangular shape with a rounded peak. Leave 1/2 inch of space between the rounded peak of the triangle and your toes, and one inch of space between the base of the triangle and your heel.

Cut the entire triangle out. This is your template for your left foot. If you flip it over, you have a template for your right foot.


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