Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of boots
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • pair of boots, mid 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: United States
  • caribou fur, fur, leather, felt, yarn, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 26 x 11 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 10 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 11 13/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 28 x 11 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 11 x 4 5/16 x 11 13/16 in
  • Gift of Cathy Dwigans
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7111.a,b

The short boots are made of brown caribou fur with light brown leather soles. The dark brown leather straps attach between the sole and upper and probably wrap around the shaft of the boot. There is a red leather band at the top of the sole. The top of the boot shaft is decorated with a band of very dark brown fur diamonds and white fur triangles. There is a thin band of red leather below, and a band of blue felt at the top of the shaft which is a channel for a green yarn drawstring. There is a blue pompom on each end of the yarn.