Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1932
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 11 x 10 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 4 5/16 x 3 7/8 x 10 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 10.5 x 9.5 x 26.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 4 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2731.a,b
Label Text

The pair of buckskin moccasins has rawhide soles. The buckskin flaps at the ankle are rubbed with yellow pigment, with a slit down the back. The tongue is forked at the end and there is a short buckskin tie. The remainder of the upper is beaded with lane stitching.

The white field has two green triangles on the top, known as a "bison track." There is a green band around the top of the beading, under the ankle flaps. The white field is decorated with dark blue triangular designs with light blue and red inside, which alternates with two stacked diamonds in the green center with a yellow band and a red outline. There are two repeats of a yellow and red rectangle with dark blue triangles as the upper end between the green triangles of the "bison track." The tracks have stepped lines in yellow, red and light blue.