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Man’s Moccasins

Probably Lakota (Teton Sioux)

Not on view

These elaborate moccasins have white beaded borders and central bands that resemble an animal’s hooves. In a unique configuration, the artist combined unusually long trailing fringe at the heel, with a sole edged in fringe, faceted beads, and quillwork. Split tongues—here tipped with metal cones—identify the pair as belonging to a man; the tongues were undivided on moccasins for women. Moccasins such as these were worn only on special occasions and proclaimed their owner’s wealth and status.

Man’s Moccasins, Native-tanned leather, glass beads, wool cloth, metal cones, porcupine quills, Probably Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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