Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Cree or Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 9.5 x 10 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 3 3/4 x 3 7/8 x 10 1/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 10 x 10.5 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 3 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3764.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. The ankle flaps and tongues are undecorated, the rest of the uppers are beaded. They have red beading similar to the bison hoof design, though the red hoof elements are continuous with the red band under the ankle flaps. They have green-blue stripes that are continuous with the green-blue band around the base. There are red tipi designs in the band that have medium blue doors. There is a medium blue strip between the hoof elements that has a red cross with a black center. The beads have an element of sparkle.