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Soft soled leather moccasins with quill work in a floral and geometric pattern on the cuff and vamp of the shoe

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Soft soled leather moccasins with quill work in a floral and geometric pattern on the cuff and vamp of the shoe. The cuff is bordered with red cotton cloth.

In the Northeastern tribes, men and women would wear moccasins or boots made from animals’ hocks, or hind legs. The footwear was sometimes decorated with quillwork or embroidery. Floral and nature-inspired patterns were the most frequently used (Paterek 1994, 42-43).

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Title(s): 
Soft soled leather moccasins with quill work in a floral and geometric pattern on the cuff and vamp of the shoe
Culture: 
Native American; possibly Huron
Date: 
late 19th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Canada
Materials/Techniques: 
leather, quills, cotton cloth, cotton string, natural dyes
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.274a-b
Department: 
Not On View

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