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November 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


These beautiful, supremely comfortable, custom fitted moccasins are patterned after the traditional footwear of the Cherokee, Seminole, Creek and other Southeastern tribes. Under the guidance of The Primitive Naturalist Jeff Gottlieb, we will learn how to take measurements of the foot, make a pattern, choose buckskin, lay out the pattern and cut the material. Then the precise stitching is done using simple awls and buckskin thong lacing cut from the same hide. Jeff will cover long-term care, added sole pieces for durability, insole cushioning and hi-tops. Each participant will go home with the most comfortable footwear you have ever worn! They are warm, quiet, lightweight and made from natural materials – you will love them! This program is intended for Adults and teens 16+

Jeff Gottlieb learned to make moccasins from the organizer of the FALLING Leaves Rendevous, Darry Wood, who learnt the traditional technique from a Seminole Elder. Jeff feels fortunate to have this skill passed on from a member of the Native Community who wished to keep the tradition alive. For the last 30 years he has led workshops to keep passing on that knowledge to others.

Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb, The Primitive Naturalist
Saturday & Sunday, November 11&12th (2-day workshop)
9:00AM-5:00PM both days.
Cost: $145/participant
Limited space, pre-registration required. Class will be canceled if minimum is not met. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY

*Member discounts apply to the class fee, but not materials  (Pacesetter and above)

More About the Instructor: Jeffrey Gottlieb, MS (Biology), has been a Naturalist, Outdoor Educator and Primitive Skills Instructor for more than 40 years. He works with school groups, nature centers, museums, scout troops and summer camps, builds full-sized wigwams and longhouses (including those at Irvine), and replicates primitive tools and artifacts for display. His areas of special interest include fiber arts, flintknapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness. He travels widely in the Eastern U.S. teaching at rendezvous, gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, an instructors’ manual entitled Teaching Primitive Skills to Children, and a book on natural fibers and ropemaking called Fibers of Life. Check out his website at: www.theprimitivenaturalist.com