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Cynthia Hamilton Large Gauntlets

Regular price$540.00
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Made in the USA

Materials: Moose hide, Pendelton wool, Rabbit Fur
Lining: Sherpa Fleece
Size: Ladies Large

Indigenous Market items are authentically hand-crafted by Indigenous artists.
Artists receive 100% of the profits of each sale.

Cynthia's Story: Cynthia Hamilton is a talented Ojibwe artist hailing from Treaty 3 with a rich cultural heritage that encompasses both European and First Nations ancestry, including Metis roots. Born in Baudette, Minnesota, to Canadian parents, she was raised in Rainy River, Ontario, where her artistic journey began. Inspired by a picture of her Great-Grandmother adorned in beautiful moccasins, Cynthia knew she had to learn the art herself. Despite being far from home in California, she persevered, self-teaching herself through extensive research and experimentation, eventually crafting her unique patterns. What started as a hobby transformed into a meaningful artistic expression, keeping her family's cultural traditions alive. Cynthia's diverse skills span from crafting traditional moccasins and Ojibwe-inspired designs to portrait painting in pastels, oils, and acrylics. Her dedication to honoring her First Nations and Metis heritage is evident in her work, where she incorporates embroidery designs to pay homage to her Metis roots and integrates traditional Ojibwe florals into her creations.

Cynthia's artistic journey is a testament to her dedication and passion for preserving and celebrating her rich heritage. Her sister, Teresa McDowell, and niece, Cheyenne McDowell, are also part of this creative family legacy, each contributing their unique artistic talents to the world. As Cynthia continues to create breathtaking artwork and impart her knowledge through community workshops, her profound connection to her roots remains an essential foundation in all her artistic endeavors.

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Frequently asked questions

Absolutely! We make our moccasins and mukluks for everyone. By purchasing from us, you are participating in cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation. When you purchase from Manitobah, you are directly supporting Indigenous people and celebrating Indigenous culture in an authentic, meaningful way that helping us in our vision to create positive impact in Indigenous communities.

To make our brand more accessible, to support our social impact initiatives, and to allow us to compete with other global fashion brands, we produce our products in international ethical partner factories. Our factory partners that support our growing product line go through an in-depth 3rd party inspection and internal Social Compliance Audit. These high standards are continually monitored and respected. We are proud of our manufacturing policies and our ability to build capacity globally. We believe that our success as an Indigenous business has been due to our willingness to walk forward while honouring our past.

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 -25 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.

we make a positive impact in Indigenous communities.
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.