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Charlie Small Tamarack Bird

4 reviews
Regular price$80.00
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 Made in Canada

Materials:
 Tamarack
Size: Small = Approx. 9-10", Medium = Approx. 12-13", Large = Approx. 18"

Please note:
Shape of bird may slightly differ from photograph 
Multiple available in all sizes
Price varies from $40 - $250

Storyboots are authentically hand-crafted by Indigenous artists.
Artists receive 100% of the proceeds of each sale.

Charlie's Story: Charlie Small is a First Nations Cree from the James Bay region. The tamarack bird tradition was taught by his father Oliver. Since the early eighties, Charlie has been making the tamarack bird. The James Bay Cree hunters originally used a lifesize tamarack bird as decoys for their annual Spring and fall hunt. It is made from the larch (tamarack) tree by twigs from the center core and wrapped with different size twigs which are shaped as a Canada Goose. This leaves a fresh aroma from the fragrance of the tree. It was first created by Mr. John Blueboy, who is a Cree from Moose Factory, Ontario. Today it is an aesthetically pleasing piece of art with a rich background of the Cree hunters.

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our impact

We provide a platform for authentic Indigenous art that encourages
pride, shapes lives and helps keep traditions alive. Indigenous art is
the foundation of our work and Indigenous artists contribute to all our
core designs.

Manitobah Mukluks is a pathfinder for Indigenous business, an ongoing
example of how Indigenous values, ethics and culture can find success in
the global market.

Testimonials

I Love these slippers more than any I've ever had. High quality material and craftsmanship. Very comfortable and super warm.

Meagan N.

Exceptional quality. Comfortable, warm, beautiful to the eye.

Jim W.

Came beautifully packaged, on-time, and what beautiful workmanship. Truly proud to wear these.

Ema A.
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08/04/2022
Joelle R.
Canada

Gorgeous!

This was a gift. Love at first sight! The bird is beautifully made, with so much skill and care. It has become a very meaningful piece in our home. And it smells so good too! Thank you so much!

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04/01/2022
Angelune D.
Canada Canada

Beautiful sculpture of a bird

This sculpture is so beautiful. We bought it as a gift for a bird-lover in our family.

JS
12/04/2021
Jessica S.
Canada Canada

Beautiful!

Beautifully made, I really love mine! Shipping was quick, as well.

Frequently asked questions

Many of our signature products are made at our headquarters in Winnipeg, Canada, including our Iconic Kanada Collection as well as our Métis, Corrine Hunt, and Deerskin collections. Our Storyboot items are handcrafted by elders and artisans in Indigenous communities.To make our brand more accessible to more people and to compete with other global fashion brands, we also produce some of our products internationally. You can filter with a drop-down menu on our mukluk or moccasin pages – simply select Made in Canada to view that collection.

Manitobah Mukluks makes a variety of products that match Canada's diverse climates. We offer select styles of adult mukluks that are waterproof. Those styles are tagged online as waterproof and can be seen here.

Both styles of children's mukluks are waterproof. They have been treated with our AuthenTEC waterproofing system; treated hide and an internal flexible coating that is inspired by pine pitch and spruce gum. Manitobah conducts rigorous waterproof and temperature testing using a minimum 50,000 flex standard.

The rest of the adult mukluks are constructed with natural suede and leather which are not sealed and not considered waterproof. We recommend treating them with a leather/suede protector to help with water resistance and general protection. All of our MUKLUKS are insulated with sheepskin footbeds and most are constructed with untreated suede which is porous (and not considered waterproof). These natural materials need to breathe in order to be effective in extreme cold. Indigenous people have been surviving in the coldest climates for thousands of years using this very wisdom.

Protection: Use a silicone-based leather/suede protector. Do not spray fur, as it contains natural protective oils. We offer a protecting spray as part of our Care Kit here

To Clean: Leather can be cleaned using a gentle soap and soft brush. For salt, wipe down with a damp cloth. Even if they have been sprayed, salt is corrosive and can cause damage.

To Dry: Once wet, allow your footwear to dry naturally

Wear: Never pull fur when putting on or removing boot, fur sheds over time and frequent friction will cause the fur to shed much faster. Cross laces over before tightening to avoid tearing leather eyeholes

Storage: When ready to store them for the season you should clean them, allow them to dry and then pack them away in a sealed container away from heat, moisture and pets (a plastic storage tote works great.) You can also use a pool noodle or something similar in the shaft to keep them upright during storage.

Our traditional Mukluks and natural soled Moccasins are not built on a traditional foot last so there is no left or right foot. This method has been used on Indigenous footwear for thousands of years. Over time the natural materials will form to your foot and allow you to have a custom fit. Moccasins with the turtle vibram sole and all of our kids mukluks do have a left and right foot.

Our sheepskin-lined mukluks are considered one of the warmest winter boots for northern winters and are rated down to -32 degrees Celsius. Partnering with Vibram has also allowed us to design a sole that allows your foot to bend. Research indicates that flexible soles promote proper foot movement and blood circulation to your toes. This means that in cold dry weather, our mukluks will allow your feet to stay warmer than almost anything on the market.

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