Tuesday, November 30, 2010

my minnetonkas

When Maria and I were in Chicago a few weeks ago, Sarah was raving about her Minnetonka moccasins. So this weekend I'm so excited to test out my new pair of Minnetonka moccasin boots! In addition to Sarah's stamp of approval (she says she has several pairs that she rotates), they got an extra thumbs-up from my godmother, Carol, who is a lifelong student of the Dakota Sioux. She explained that the fringe holds both symbolic significance and practical use: It visually resembles sweetgrass, which is used in smudging, and the layers add extra warmth while the slits allow for ventilation. Sweet, huh?

Photos by Shanti Knight

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