Living on the American Frontier: Meet Joffrey Boyer
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New October 2022! A living history performer at the Louis Bolduc house in Ste. Genevieve, MO demonstrates moccasin making and talks about how cultures change through time.

Learn more about French Colonial history with our video partner, The Centre for French Colonial Life in Ste. Genevieve, MO and on their Facebook page, here.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: DUS History-189**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Tell students to make a list of the directions for making moccasins while viewing this video. After viewing, have them make a moccasin from brown grocery bags and yarn, following the directions they took. If their moccasins aren’t right, follow these directions: Have students trace one foot on two layers of a brown grocery bag, adding one inch around the edge, then cut it out. Poke holes around the edge but not the back and thread the yarn through, beginning and ending at the back. Secure the starting and ending point with tape. Try the moccasin on.
  • Use the video as part of your study of life on the frontier in early American history. What do the students notice about the house, the tools he uses, his dress? How difficult do they think life would have been for people in Mr. Boyer’s time?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.