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Moccasins

Moccasins

Moccasins

Buckskin and glass beads

H: 8.1-9; W: 10.5-11.2; L: 24.4-26 cm

Accession number:

O.S.B66.2516(a-b)

Arts/Americas

The hard-sole moccasins worn by the Plains Indians were fashioned in a style particular to each tribe. These styles were so distinctive that it was possible to tell which tribe the wearer belonged to by examining his footprints. A typical design among the Cheyenne was the Indian star/cross - a sacred symbol pointing to the four cardinal directions - done in beadwork. This design was used by the Indian communities before the arrival of Christianity in North America. Some moccasins had heel fringes whose purpose was to blur the wearer’s footprints.