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beaded moccasin upper
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded moccasin upper, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4.5 x 11 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 9 5/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3863

The buckskin moccasin upper is without a sole. There is no tongue or ankle flaps. There is a wide white band around the bottom with a repeated design: a dark blue rectangle with a wide yellow outline and a green outline with two green lines at either end. The top of the moccasin has a dark blue bison hoof design with diagonal yellow lines. There is a white stripe between the hoof elements with a yellow and green design. There is a dark blue triangle at the front center edge.