Making moccasins

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Damien Jones from Rock Point, Ariz. talked about the importance of having a pattern cut out before cutting the red leather for your moccasin at the "Keelchii-Moccasin Making" event at Hunters Point Boarding School last week as participant Pearl Tso from Chinle traces a pattern on the leather. (Times photo - Shondiin Silversmith)

Damien Jones from Rock Point, Ariz. talked about the importance of having a pattern cut out before cutting the red leather for your moccasin at the “Keelchii-Moccasin Making” event at Hunters Point Boarding School last week as participant Pearl Tso from Chinle traces a pattern on the leather. (Times photo – Shondiin Silversmith)

Class offers instruction on traditional activity

HUNTERS POINT, Ariz.

Bertha K. Begay from Church Rock, N.M. works on her moccasins during the "Keelchii-Moccasin Making" event at Hunters Point Boarding School last week. Begay said she remembers seeing moccasins being made by her grandparents when she was five years old, and she attended the event to see how they are being made today. (Times photo - Shondiin Silversmith)

Bertha K. Begay from Church Rock, N.M. works on her moccasins during the “Keelchii-Moccasin Making” event at Hunters Point Boarding School last week. Begay said she remembers seeing moccasins being made by her grandparents when she was five years old, and she attended the event to see how they are being made today. (Times photo – Shondiin Silversmith)

With pieces of red and white leather, Rock Point, Ariz. native Damien John led a large crowd last week at Hunters Point Boarding School through the process of making moccasins.

“I like sharing this information,” Jones said.

He dreams that one day people will make their own moccasins again rather than buying them.

“It’s our shoe,” he said. “I really don’t like to go into town and get things.”

John said he wants to have something he can do himself, which is why he enjoys making moccasins.

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