TPMOCS: The Handmade Mocassins Honoring the Culture

TPMOCS: The Handmade Mocassins Honoring the Culture

TPMOCS provides handmade moccasins made of soft leather stitched together with sinew, featuring three different styles branded by Native American artisans, enabling babies to enjoy the product’s culture, comfort, and beauty. 

TPMOCS is a socially responsible company that gives back to the tribe by way of the tribe. With each purchase, TPMOCS is able to take action to address poverty in Native American communities. They work on simple goals, employ Native Americans to handcraft each pair of moccasins, use a portion of the profits to purchase necessities for underprivileged children living on reservations and keep their traditions alive.

The Company Born Out of A Desire

Maria Running Fisher Jones is the founder of TPMOCS and uses her business platform to support many causes in the community. She is the daughter of a single mother who was raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Northwestern Montana. It was a community struggling with unemployment and poverty. 

Even after moving from the reservation to a town, her mother emphasized the significance of history, culture, and the necessity to give back to the community. TPMOCS was founded on her desire to follow her mother’s teachings. 

TPMOCS: The Handmade Mocassins Honoring the Culture

TPMOCS has been founded on the principle that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed. To follow this principle, each sale of TPMOCS takes meaningful action to address poverty. Their approach is to expand their goals tribe by tribe, whereby they will be able to provide employment opportunities and resources to Native American communities in need.

With their business collaboration with customers, TPMOCS helps provide tools and resources to the hands of the most affected by poverty. Each purchase makes a meaningful impact by providing necessities to underprivileged Native American children living on reservations, preserving Native American traditions, and improving the ability of TPMOCS to expand resources Tribe by Tribe. 

By passionately making moccasins, they work to pass on the culture, comfort, and beauty to the younger generation. 

Craftsmanship And Artistic Excellence Of The ‘Real People’ 

Maria Running Fisher Jones belongs to the BLACKFEET – NIITSITAPI tribe, renowned for their craftsmanship and artistic excellence. By naming the company TPMOCS in honor of their ancestors who passed down their respect for tradition and the arts, they pay tribute to their cultural heritage.

The Blackfeet consist of approximately 15,000 enrolled tribal members, with a majority on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Northwestern Montana. Browning, the headquarters of the reservation, is the gateway to Glacier National Park, which once belonged to the Blackfeet.

The Blackfeet, a confederation of several tribes extending into Canada, is called “Niitsitapi,” meaning “the real people,” and are known as the fierce “Lords of the Plains.” They have always been legendary buffalo hunters, considering the animal sacred and integral to their lives. The Blackfeet Indians are commonly thought to have acquired their name because of the characteristic black color of the bottom of their moccasins. One distinct legend holds that the Blackfeet walked through the ashes of prairie fires.

TPMOCS: The Handmade Mocassins Honoring the Culture

The Blackfeet have a long and rich history on the Northern Plains. Archaeologists can trace them through their artifacts and sites for at least a thousand years. According to tribal elders, their people have always lived on the plains since the time when “muskrats brought up the mud from under the waters.” The Blackfeet have a keen sense of their history and a respect for their traditions. Both youthful and elder warriors feel it vital to maintain cultural identity. Many members do so by using art as a form of expression, preserving Native American ways of life.

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