Melvin, Matthew Anderson, Marcus discussed on Native America Calling
Into native America calling. I'm Tara Gatewood from subtle Pueblo and we are rocking are mocks today here in studio forty nine and if if you want to share how you rock you're mocks. Give us a call. The number is one eight hundred nine six two eight. Four eight is the number and there are many different events that are going on across the nation including Intel Qua- Oklahoma. There are Marcus in making classes available for small groups at the Cherokee the art center. And maybe that's how your community or part of Native America is taking in this holiday and Teaching others how to make moccasins. You want to tell us about. It gives a ring. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight L. Let's go ahead and take a call got melvyn in santee Nebraska tuned in on key. He Z. Y. K.. Melvin thank you for giving us a ring and go ahead share your thoughts just wanted to bring up a little history A shanty history when we got here in eighteen. Sixty six Reverend Rig setup school and then he let the kids have long hair and wear moccasins and those kids were all taught they all being teachers well later at school the same school made them cut their hair. And we're hard shoes then. They made see them become carpenters. blacksmiths but rigs wrote that. The kids learn that this when they were wearing moccasins had their hair I always thought that was intriguing to our history that moccasins and have her cultural identity. Our Air MOCCASINS was very court. Indeed in Melvin. I WanNa know how you feel right now. After knowing being that and then also understanding the history that many of our relatives faced in boarding schools to try and push us a completely away from who we were as indigenous. There's people and here we are two thousand. Nineteen in this broadcast is happening. There are hundreds of native children sitting in their classroom in their moccasins. Many are also keeping that tradition of our hair long. And here we are. We've come this far in our little. Babies are able to do that and some of them were even happy about it this morning in probably waiting to show their cultural heritage by wearing their mocks. What do you think about that so I think it's great that we get this young people making looking at how they what order traditional styles for their own foot where Like you said they're not hunting hunting season. How they get down to where they process the deer and make it into into a high so it can be used into moccasins would be aids and the and the work that goes on it? They need to study all that very important that goes into that terrain and it's a big responsibility to knowing that you're making this footwear for somebody and a lot of times when you are making our traditional footwear it so that they can dance or do important things in their life and you don't want stitches break in beads busting testing That's a responsibility. That goes into it and making sure that the the footwear is shaped so that it fits the persons foot so that they have that that comfortable ability to maneuver in life to face really big things And so exciting. Because this past year we got to see moccasins ends in Congress You know and Montas in Congress as well That's an exciting thing to know. We are taking this beyond expressing who we are Beyond tribal borders in. I'm curious what happens when we do that. Now is your time to call in and share one eight hundred nine six eight. Four eight is a number Melvin. Thank you for giving us a ring. Here in studio forty nine with us is jess at sea She comes to us from Laguna Pueblo. Founder founder of rock your mocks also here to from emergence productions is Melissa Sanches from the ACA in Laguna Pueblos ladies. Thank you for being here with us. We're we're gonNA hear about the Cherokee Nation In what is going on there in sharing some of this pride so we're GONNA go ahead and say hi now to Matthew Anderson He's doing this day from Telecom Oklahoma. He's a cultural specialist for the Cherokee Arts Center and he is a citizen of the Cherokee nation. Matthew welcome hello good to hear from you and Matthew. Tell us how you're feeling today. Rock your mocks in in what it means to be able to show our need of heritage page this way. I think it's awesome that we are able to finally be viewed as equals And being able to wear traditional clothing in society is not something that that we could have done generation ago. And here we are today. Thousands of people showing this On Social Media and in Matthew tells a little bit about Cherokee do you call them. MOCCASINS the word for it's a leather sheath or of your foot And it said depending upon where you grow up it's said about three different ways So So Lee Is probably the most common that yeah. It's like a sheet of leather made for the foot and our MOCCASINS moccasins do fit like a glove so it is it is definitely a sheep in so when people adorn themselves els or put them on you know what is it that they're saying. What do you feel I I feel it still part of Identity identity identity that many people were forced to cut off Hair was cut Our our language was was cut Grandmother could tell stories about when they were in school and being whipped for speaking Cherokee When they all they were doing was greeting each other Did you get this to your mom. This weekend Things like that So being able to where traditional Regalia In public and people people looking at you and be proud It's it's a great feeling Go ahead and we. We mentioned that there are Marcus and making classes going on there at the Cherokee Arts Center. Talk to me a little bit about that aspect of being the one who makes them so. It's it's great to be able to see. The traditions are wanting that that there are people that are wanting to continue these nice things For the past three or four weeks now We've had weekly and sometimes maybe even three classes per week with the northeastern State University With Connors State College college level College Participants in native American studies that he's have been making moccasins so that they could wear their moccasins this week for rock your monks There's also high schools That I have been working with but we do offer classes to the public as well here at the churchyard singer in touch me a little bit about when people get into this and find out what it takes to make moccasins. What we try to do is we? Don't want to discourage Someone from learning these things so I try to find ways shortcuts if you will because what most people don't realize is that our ancestors were are very industrious They didn't have a moment to waste and and they also didn't didn't waste materials and supplies so creating the leather preparing the leather to make the Michelson Is a link the process this So usually we try to also educate about what all goes into Having the environment and the natural resources where the deer can thrive and multiply and then the process of what it takes to harvest abyss that That skin and then the steps involved in preparing that skin so that it can become A A useful piece to protect our foot Which is what connects us to our mother? The earth So Marcus is a very Sacred thing to most native Americans. I think The European Dan way of thinking is it's just shoe you know But the earth is important to us and I.