Pair of Child's Moccasins
Arts of the Americas
On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
Vivid blue captures the eye in these Salish or Kootenai child’s moccasins and Sioux storage bag. The blue seed beads on both objects are made of glass colored with cobalt blue. Native women made all the clothing and furnishings for their families and eagerly adopted beads as decorative embellishments because of the vast array of colors and greater convenience.
Smoked hide, beads, cut steel beads
Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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Interior Salish (Native American). Pair of Child's Moccasins, 1885-1895. Smoked hide, beads, cut steel beads, 7 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (19.1 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.72a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.201.72a-b_PS2.jpg)
overall, 43.201.72a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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These child's moccasins have the old style seam work typical of Cree. The beads go in two different directions, unusual. They have little trail dusters and are made all in one piece with one seam along the side.
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