Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of child's beaded moccasins
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of child's beaded moccasins, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 5 x 6 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 1 15/16 x 2 3/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1807.a,b

The buckskin moccasins have a rawhide sole. The unbeaded buckskin flaps around the ankles are colored with a yellow pigment. The entire upper part is beaded with lane stitching. There are two dark green triangles ("buffalo track") on the vamp and a single band of dark green around the opening. There is a single band of white around the bottom edge, between the green triangles, and across the instep of the foot. The white has five repeats of a translucent yellow "H" with red squares in a black outline that continues around two adjacent light blue squares. A single light blue square has a black outline at the center front of each shoe. The band of white across the foot has three black squares.