The connection between traditional fashion, cultural footwear and modern identity
What you wear says a lot about you. It can tell people what you do for a living, what your social status is, and even where you come from. On the show this week, we're exploring the role fashion and footwear plays in sharing the stories and culture of indigenous Canada.
When Annie Bowkett moved from Pangnirtung, Nunavut to Winnipeg, she brought her talents for making traditional Inuit clothing by hand. We'll head into her small workshop to find out how she creates parkas, mitts and kamiks — sealskin and caribou footwear.
The Bata Shoe Museum is featuring an exhibit called Beauty, Identity and Pride: Native North American Footwear. Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack explains how different traditions influence footwear, from design to construction. And how they were used to express status, and now, offer glimpses of history.
Willie Mitchell - "Birchbark Letter"
John Trudell - "Rockin' the Res"
Samantha Crain - "Outside the Pale"
Kinnie Starr - "High Heels"