- Museum number
A pair of hide moccasins decorated all over with beadwork ornament in geometrical pattern on light blue ground.
- Production date
- 1896 (before)
Length: 10 inches
- Curator's comments
Plains Indian, Canada.
Collected from Indians of Canada, mostly from Saskatchewan and Manitoba by the late James A. Head (donor's uncle) between 1881 and 1896.
Part at the time of Reid's Rebellion, 1884.
Mr Head lived near an old Sioux trail at "Rapid City" Manitoba.
See letter from H.T. Mann, 21/7/49.
Provenance is almost certainly Cree. Workmanship and style point to Cree manufacture. In particular, the uninterrupted beadwork line encircling the rim around the foot. This feature is peculiar to this tribe. Squares beaded below the side flaps are also quite typical of Cree mocassins and decoration. Often, squares are matched to make up larger geometrical figures, a design that has travelled across the plains and is also commonly found among the Blakfeet. See also saddle decoration on saddle of Blackfeet provenance: ENA20536 (Am1983,Q.254).
- On display (G26/dc13)
- Exhibition history
1976 30 Dec-1977 25 Feb, University of Leicester Library, Photographs of North American Indians taken by Edward Curtis
2011 2 Mar-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Canadian Plains"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number