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Woman's beaded leather moccasins / Unknown


Woman’s beaded leather moccasins. White beaded field with stepped-triangular and zoomorphic designs around the perimeter, and a bird design on vamp. Lane of beadwork across instep. Top of cuff is beaded with a row of mostly colorless transparent beads. Split “V” style cuff. All beadwork done with lazy stitch.

Curatorial Remarks

These moccasins may have been worn by a woman. The moccasins were definitely made by a woman in the 20th century. Omit the word "woman" in the title to be more general since we don't know what gender wore the moccasins. In the 20th century, moccasins would have been made for ceremonial events including pow wow and some for commercial sale.

Tags: hard sole, leather ties, geometric designs, Bird, white beads, beadwork
People: Cheyenne
Places: Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events, commercial sale

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

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Woman's beaded leather moccasins
Unidentified (Author)
Native American; Cheyenne, Southern
early 20th century
United States of America
semi-tanned hide, rawhide, glass, sinew
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Accession No: 
Previous Number(s): 
8427.300a-b; 84.300
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