Albertan learns to build Métis carts to keep tradition alive

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Albertan learns to build Métis carts to keep tradition alive

Red River Carts are made entirely of wood.

Red River Carts have long been an important part of Métis culture, and an Albertan is helping ensure the art of building them doesn't die out.< /p>

George Moritz, a man from Rocky Mountain House, which is just over two hours northwest of Calgary, was inspired to learn the art of building these carts by his wife, Gladis Bigelow.

The Red River Cart provided essential shelter at night, as well as protection and security, mentions the Métis.

They slept underneath and covered them with skin or what they had at the time, she adds.

These carts are unique because they are made entirely from wood. No metal nails or screws are used to hold the different parts together.

George Moritz explains that it takes about a month to make one. The wheels are nearly a meter and a half tall with 10-inch birch hubs, while the spokes are pine.

Another unique aspect of the carts from the Red River: they can easily cross bodies of water since the wheels come off and can be installed below them to float.

With information from Tarini Fernando

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