Leathercraft Workshop by Ms. Carla Gachupin - Tribal Liaison


Leather has been a material that humans have used for centuries. Greeks and Romans utilized Leather as an art form. Native Americans  used leather for clothing, tool carriers, pouches for food storage, slings  to carry infants, blankets, and to document historical stories and maps.  Native American communities still use leather today for moccasins, bags, pouches and bow guards and for various other products.

The primary goal of this workshop is to introduce to students how leather can be transformed by demonstrating how a simple piece  of a leather strip can be formed into a masterpiece. As students  modified their patterns and added color to the leather, they could visualize how hard work and dedication formed personalized  treasured pieces of art which honored clanships, animal spirits and favorite Native American motifs.