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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.
Estate of Vice Admiral A. P. Niblack [1859-1929], Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.