Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded boot
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • beaded boot, late 1800s–1986
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 61.5 x 9 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 24 3/16 x 3 1/2 x 9 5/8 in
  • Gift of Alice McKinley
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3785

The buckskin boot has a rawhide sole. The foot portion is colored yellow, and the shaft may be colored yellow. There is a triangular flap-like extension at the top back of the boot and short fringe at the top edge. Two stripes of beading on the flap at the front of the boot appear to have once had additional decoration between them. They have a white field with a thin red line and two-tone blue triangles. There is a wide white band around the ankle with a red stripe and dark blue stripes and dark blue triangles with white and red squares inside and light blue detail. There is a band of colorless beads around the bottom with blocks of red beads, flanked by dark blue and light blue, with yellow squares. The top of the shoe is covered with a rectangle (with rounded corners) in colorless and red beads. There is a stripe across the middle in light blue and yellow.