This pair of moccasins feature beadwork depicting a floral motif in white, green, pink, and shades of blue.
Moccasins are a type of shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans. They can be decorated with colorful beads and patterns and are commonly made out of deer, elk, or buffalo skins. Men, women, and children wore them for warmth and protection and, prior to contact with Europeans, they were often decorated with porcupine quills. After contact, they were decorated with items such as metal bells to make them more personal to the owner.
Moccasins continue to be a popular form of footwear and are often worn during ceremonies and festivals.
Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (April 2020) Learn how the Anishinabek have lived alongside the natural world through a variety of artifacts that tell the story of the first people of this place.