French and English pioneers adopted the spirit and techniques of self-reliance from the Innu, known for their handmade birchbark canoes. Many residents all along the Coast still build their own houses, wharves, boats, furniture, dogsleds, and snowshoes. A few women still make sealskin boots, mittens, hats, quilts, and hooked mats. In the early 1900s, the famous medical Grenfell Mission worked with local women to raise the resourceful hooked mat tradition to a world-renowned art form. Today, residents preserve these skills by crafting homemade model boats, furniture, quilts, wall-hangings, mats, knitting, sealskin boots, moccasins and artwork. Craft shops and demonstration sites along the Lower North Shore showcase and sell these traditional objects.