pair of child's moccasins

Iroquois people
Creation date
hide, sinew, glass beads, silk ribbon
L: 6 3/4 in. (each)
Credit line
Gift of Vice Admiral Albert P. Niblack
Accession number
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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