Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • Sioux peoples
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: b 10 x 8 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 9 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 9.5 x 8.5 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 3 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2315.a,b

The pair of moccasins have buckskin uppers and rawhide soles. They are lane stitched. They are fully beaded, except for the ankle flaps, with a slit at the back, and a tongue-like flap at the front. The buckskin ties lace from the side flaps across the tongue.

The beaded decoration consists of a white field. There are pairs of triangles with the points together that circle the bottom, in alternating color patterns of dark blue and red or medium blue and red. Each shoe has the medium blue and red bowtie at the toe, and a dark red and blue bowtie on the instep. There is a thick green line on either side of the instep, each with two short crosses and white rectangles.