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Pair of Moccasins

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Hide, porcupine twill
DATES ca. 1882
DIMENSIONS 10 7/16 x 3 15/16 in. (26.5 x 10 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pair of moccasins. The quillwork is called Fort Berthold quillwork, a form of hatch quillwork done in North Dakota. It is unusual to see them on moccasins and this pair is very fine. They would not have been worn during a sun dance but used to slip on the feet when the dancer left the sun dance circle, or stepped out of the ring. The Hidatsa Arikara also made the sun design but the Sioux are the only ones who continued to do this design.
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