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Pair of Moccasins

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, porcupine twill
DATES ca. 1882
DIMENSIONS 10 7/16 x 3 15/16 in. (26.5 x 10 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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CAPTION Sioux (Native American). Pair of Moccasins, ca. 1882. Hide, porcupine twill, 10 7/16 x 3 15/16 in. (26.5 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.66a-b. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 43.201.66a-b_view2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Crow 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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Pair of Moccasins