Image Resources | Currently on View in Michael and Patricia McCrory & Richard and Rebecca Feldman Gallery

pair of child's moccasins

Iroquois people


The word most often used to identify American Indian footwear is "moccasins," a term of the Algonquin people of eastern Canada.

These moccasins are typical in having hard rawhide soles and soft leather upper parts.

The intention of beaded dress items is to beautify and enhance an owner's status.

American Indian beadwork, in general, is decorative rather than symbolic, and most designs are geometric and floral.

Vice Admiral A. P. Niblack; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1930).

Object Information

culture
Iroquois people
creation date
1860-1900
materials
hide, sinew, glass beads, silk ribbon
dimensions
6-3/4 in. (each)
accession number
30.560A-B
credit line
Gift of Vice Admiral Albert P. Niblack
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors