Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Assiniboin, Cree, or Siksika (Blackfoot) maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 31 x 17.5 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 12 3/16 x 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 28 x 16.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 11 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2732.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins has rawhide soles. The tall buckskin ankle flaps fold over. The edges are decorated with green beads, except for the front lateral flap, where the other ankle flap covers in the closed position. It has a long tongue and long buckskin ties. The top and lateral portion of each shoe is beaded with a floral pattern.

The top has a light blue flower with a pink center, outlined in black. This flower has three dark green leaves with light blue veins. Three flowers emerge from this central design, each with a clear stem sprinkled with light blue and red leaves. Each of the three flowers is a dark red with light blue centers and detail. The design on the side is a light purple flower with a light blue center, outlined with red. The stem is a dark purple with two small light green leaves at one end and one large light green leaf at the other with dark green veins.