Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mon Voyage À L'Acadie: Part 5: Mi’kmaq First Nation Peoples

On our way back, we passed through Pointe-à-la-Croix, the town that is home to the Mi’kmaq. We went to a shop called Woodpile Handicrafts.

Once I laid eyes on these moccasins, I had to have a pair, even though they are not Mi’kmaq. Actually, we bought 3 pairs, one for me, one for my mom, and a pair for my twin.

Here is a closeup of the beading on the toe:

Then I espied this lovely beaded belt that was made by a Mi’kmaq woman and I bought it!

Here are some photographs of the shop's displays. That is a goat skin and deer skin next to the snow shoes. I really wanted the deer skin, but it was out of my price range. It cost money! Then I thought about what my dogs would do to it! Yikes!

Look at this gorgeous display! I would so buy myself lace up moccasin boots! I see me prancing around in them everywhere! They are so fantastically adorable! Don't you think? Wouldn't I make a cute Pocahontas in those?

They also had the neatest leather jackets. They were each a piece of art and one-of-a-kind with embossing, metal and leather appliques and small carved stone fetish animals applied to the back, lapels, sleeves, pockets or breasts. One jacket had a bear motif and was perfect for Sean. Alas, it was $800. Oh well.

Here is their address and phone no.:

Woodpile Handicrafts
32, route 132
Listuguj, Québec G0C 2R0
Phone: (418) 788-5876
Fax: (418) 788-5458

Stay tuned; much more Canada awaits!


Thonnibg said...

Nice moccasins!
I guess those beads give the foot a nice massage.

Stan said...

Great looking belt and moccasins! I love hand crafted wear like this even though it tends to be pricey it does seem to last a long time and is unique.

Tom Gaylord said...


Sue said...

Really Tom? That is so cool!

Pick said...

Sue, I can totally see you in those lace-up mocs, you'd look great. And what's this? You're a twin? I don't think I knew that before ... love finding things like that out about people when they kind of trickle out like in that way.

Tom: What the heck were you doing in that shop and not coming further east and south to visit me in NS? ;o{)

Pick said...

Oh God, I shouldn't be making comments when I'm this tired ... I "like" sound like a Valley girl! Eh! ;o{)

Sue said...

I know Pick! Wouldn't I? But who would buy them for me - You're still broke, aren't you??? Well, I'm not the one you're gonna throw your money around on! Yeah, I have a twin. Identical. She gets really upset about the blog, because my photo is on it and walks around hoping like hell that she will not be recognized as me from the blog. She's not crazy about it, you see. She has asked me to shut it down "to protect her family". Lord knows how she came to be related to me. She's not homophobic at all and has a close gay friend, she's just not a fan of porn and was one of those that thought it was illegal up until recently. I told her that her friend probably watches it all the time, but it was like talking to someone with their ears covered. She's forbidden me to mention her on the blog. Oops.