Pair of Child's Moccasins
Arts of the Americas
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
Child's beaded moccasins decorated with red, orange, and blue stripes on a light blue ground. They have old-style, seam-work typical of Cree. The beads go in two different directions, which is unusual. They have little trail dusters and are made all in one piece with one seam along the side.
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Interior Salish. 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 moccasins were made for a child by a Salish or Kootenai artist in Montana. Beadwork was a craft practiced by Native American Indian women.
The birth of a child was celebrated through the creation of clothing and other objects the child may need to use. Of course, children would quickly outgrow these gifts, which tells us how important making them was to the artists.