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Catalog Number 2010.113.001.1-.2
Object Name Moccasin
Collection Mary Catherine Kagona Trust
Year Range from 1895.0
Year Range to 1920.0
Tribe Cheyenne
Description Cheyenne women's moccasins with flying geese pattern on upper and Bear Butte design around the edge of the upper; fully beaded brain tanned hide; lazy stitch beadwork. Rawhide soles, linen or cotton thread used for construction of moccasins as well as the beadwork. There is a welt on these moccasins, located between the upper and the soles. Welts were introduced to hide the seams or stitches on moccasins. Tongue is a separate piece added to the moccasin construction. There is a a rawhide piece fastened around the ankle portion that acts as a tie (for the moccasin). Beadwork colors consist of a white background. All beads size approximately 11/13. Beadwork on top of foot resembles a chevron stairstep pattern, colors consist of dark blue beads, yellow, green, yellow, and dark blue beads. At the point of the chevron is a triangle consisting of red white heart beads and robin's egg blue beads making up the center of the triangle. There are 5 designs located around the base of the moccasins, made up of dark blue beads, yellow, and red white hearts. There are 4 cross and/or star designs located around the ankle portion, 2 on either side of the ankle. Colors are red white hearts and robin's egg blue for the cross and/or star design. There is one cross and/or star design located at the heel seams of both moccasins. Beadwork color for this design is dark blue. These beadwork colors are typical of the classic mid 19th century and early 20th century prevalent bead colors.
Dimensions H-3.75 W-4.5 L-10 inches
Material Brain tanned hide/glass beads/ rawhide soles/linen, cotton thread
Provenance These items belonged to Muriel H. Wright, aunt of Mary Catherine Katona (Kagona?). This gift is made with the permission of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. If it is unsuitable for the collection it must be returned so that it can be delivered to the Heard Museum who was the original beneficiary of the trust. The trustee for the Mary Catherine Kagona Trust is Russell Osgood, Boulder, Colorado.
This collection of items also included an original photograph of Muriel H. Wright, wearing the objects in this collection, moccasins, leggings, and the dress. This picture was transferred to archives.
People Wright, Muriel H.
Search Terms bead
Native American
Category Native American Moccasins