Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Gros Ventre or Siksika (Blackfoot) maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Alberta, Canada or Montana, United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 6.5 x 11 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 2 9/16 x 4 5/16 x 9 13/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 12 x 9.5 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 10 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3763.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. They have a green and white beaded stripe up the back. The top of the shoe is decorated with a beaded rectangle, rounded on the toe-end. There is a checkerboard-like design in green and white, with a red rectangle in the center. There are small dark blue squares in white rectangles and dark blue and medium blue lines cross the checkerboard near the center. There is a translucent yellow rectangle above and below the red rectangle.