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–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 11 x 11.5 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 4 5/16 x 4 1/2 x 10 1/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 10.5 x 12.5 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 4 1/8 x 4 7/8 x 10 1/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3760.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. The ankle flaps and tongues are colored with yellow pigment. The remainder of the upper is beaded.

They are decorated with a bison hoof pattern with a green checkerboard and yellow buckskin. The same checkerboard decorates under the ankle flaps. There is a red stripe between the hoof elements with black and white triangles on either side, and light blue lines running across the red line. The wide white band around the base has a dark blue tipi design with a red and white "door" alternating with a red diamond and yellow bar with dark blue triangles and a light blue bar.