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    Pair of Moccasins

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    Recent Comments
    04:44 01/30/2009
    May well be Osage owed, but they are Oklahoma Cheyenne made.
    By Billy Maxwell
    17:28 07/27/2009
    These moccasins are certainly of Cheyenne origin.The comment of Standingbear is totally incorrect.The "thunderbird" design is the mark of 'Cheyenne women's beadwork guild "as well as an Algonkin design the Cheyenne brougt with them as they left the Great Lakes and movedto the plains area. The white background could indicate they were made for a respected elder or holyman,The t-bird design is not upsidedown it is the way the Cheyenne always portray the design on the vamp. In addition the colors are considered to be sacred colors the Cheyenne use in alltheir beadwork along with yellow,green,black or navy.The most significant Cheyenne feature will be the cut of the moccasin upper. It appears to be "typical".
    By Tyrone Stewart
    22:18 07/29/2009
    Hi Billy and Tyrone, I forwarded your comments to our curator, Nancy Rosoff, and she mentioned that "We do not change cultural attributions, but add to them. The moccasins were collected by Culin from the Osage in 1911, although they were made by a Cheyenne woman. The Cheyenne attribution is confirmed by two people in the Catalogue Description field." In case you are curious, the Culin Nancy refers to is one of our first curators at the Museum - he's even got his own wiki page:

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