Home tanned high tops by Minnie Clark
Size 8 women’s high top mocs! Home tanned moose hide bottoms and fringe, abalone buttons, fleece uppers and melton tops. These beauties have a felt foot liner and would be perfect with a thick pair of wooly socks ❤️ Minnie is a Tlingit women from the Johnson's Crossing area of the southern Yukon Territory. She was raised on the family trapline, along with four other siblings, and attended elementary school in the nearby community of Teslin. Both of Minnies' parents were very artistic; her father having emigrated from England after the war, was a fishing guide who painted with oils and acrylics, and her mother practiced the Tlingit traditional methods of hide preparation, and tanned moose & caribou hides. Her mother was a very talented artist who beaded, and crafted lovely moccasins and mittens; utilizing many of the hides she had caught on the trapline, and then home tanned. Today, much of the fur that Minnie utilizes in her crafts are from the family trapline, which she and her husband continue to harvest annually. Much of her appreciation for nature, vivid colours, as well as her eye for composition, are mainly attributed to both her parents' love of the land, and the lifestyle in which they raised their children. Upon her graduation from highschool in 1978, she began a lifelong career with Yukon Government, working out of the little Forest Service office in Teslin. It was here, with her very first paycheque, that she purchased a 35 mm film Pentax camera from the Simpson Sears catalogue. Minnie is a self-taught photographer, and now after many years, she has progressed to the digital format and uses a Nikon DLSR camera. Traditional crafts, and photography have always been a great passion for her, and together with her love for exploring the outdoors; when she isn’t at her sewing table - she will be found out chasing the light in hopes of capturing that perfect photo.