Exhibit at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Winter Storytelling and Handmade Baby Booties with Denakkanaaga Elders

Join us for two cozy evenings together online as Denakkanaaga First Chief Anna Frank, Elizabeth Fleagle, and Sam Demientieff share stories from winter seasons past.  Anna and an assistant will also demonstrate how to make baby booties, a traditional holiday gift made by women in many Interior Alaska Native communities.  In lieu of a live audience, the storytelling and demonstration will be moderated by Denakkanaaga Executive Director Sharon McConnel.

Watch at: Welcome to Our Live-Streamed Cultural Events – Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center (morristhompsoncenter.org)

If you’d like to make your own booties while you watch and listen, the materials list and pattern are below. Pre-assembled kits are available for $80 and  include everything needed to make the booties (except beads): moose hide, both skin and beading needles, thread, and thimble. To purchase just call Denakkanaaga (907-451-3900)  to make arrangements. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card. If using a credit card, there is a $5 processing fee.  The fees cover actual costs and are not for profit.


Moose hide

NYMO nylon white thread, size D

Glovers skin sewing needles, size 006



Beading needles, size 12 (  only if you are going to bead on the slippers)

Beads – size 10 or 9

Colored heavy felt to use for edging top if desired

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