Artist:Red River Metis
Medium: Smoked hide, porcupine quills, bird quills, sinew
Dates:early 19th century
Dimensions: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H17, 6E
Accession Number: 50.67.22a-b
Catalogue Description: Made of heavily smoked skin sewn with sinew, the vamps of these moccasins are decorated with a delicate, quillwork design. A central, vertically oriented, diamond shape in red is surrounded by four diagonal leaf-like elements in blue. The tri-lobed petals at top are red at center, blue on each side. The lower petals are red at center, white on each side. The seam is also outlined with blue and white bird quills. The mocassins are constructed without the usual characteristic center seam running from the toe to a vamp. A heel seam, center to the cuff and bottom, ends in two short tabs.There is no evidence that these mocassins were ever worn. See Jarvis supplimental file in Arts of Americas' office.