pair of child's moccasins

 
Culture
Iroquois people
Creation date
Materials
hide, sinew, glass beads, silk ribbon
Dimensions
L: 6 3/4 in. (each)
Credit line
Gift of Vice Admiral Albert P. Niblack
Accession number
30.560A-B
Collection
Currently On View In
Michael and Patricia McCrory & Richard and Rebecca Feldman Gallery - K214

The word most often used to identify American Indian footwear is "moccasins," a term of the Algonquin people of eastern Canada.

These moccasins are typical in having hard rawhide soles and soft leather upper parts.

The intention of beaded dress items is to beautify and enhance an owner's status.

American Indian beadwork, in general, is decorative rather than symbolic, and most designs are geometric and floral.

Vice Admiral A. P. Niblack; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1930).
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