Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, paint, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 10 x 10.5 x 28.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 3 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 11 1/4 in
  • Gift of Alfred F. Gallup
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1811.a,b

The buckskin moccasins have undecorated flaps around the ankles and rawhide soles. The decoration is lane stitched beading. There are two green triangles ("buffalo tracks") with thick dark blue diagonal lines, flanked by thin white and red lines. There is a band of white around the bottom edge and between the triangles. The white band has a repeating decoration consisting of a small green rectangle outlined in white inside a dark blue triangle next to an orange rectangle, outlined in dark blue inside a green triangle. There is a white stripe with two red squares between the triangles which have the right angles set together. There are two stacked red crosses between each repeat of the above design.

The sole of the shoe is made from recycled parfleche rawhide and there are red and blue stripes painted on the inside.