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Woman’s beaded semi-tanned leather moccasins with geometric designs / Unknown


Women’s beaded leather moccasins. Lanes of blue and yellow beading around perimeter. Two small lanes of beading, one yellow and red, the other blue and white, along instep. Vamp beaded with white background with blue geometric beading. Yellow curving design around cuff done with spot stitch, and the rest of the beading is lazy stitch. Zig-zag design on cuffs.

Curatorial Remarks

These moccasins are early 20th century and resemble Sioux style of design because the seam on the heel is not covered with bead work. These are not everyday moccasins because of the time frame they were made in. The bead work and serrated cuff or opening of the moccasin make this pair unusual.

Tags: Plains, multi-colored beads, bead work, blue, yellow, sky blue, red, black
People: possibly Cheyenne
Places: Plains
Purpose: ceremonial events

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Woman’s beaded semi-tanned leather moccasins with geometric designs
Native American
early 20th century
United States of America
semi-tanned hide, rawhide, glass, sinew, cotton
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Gift of Eugenia Stivers
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