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Catalog Number 11284-10-(1-2)
Title Moccasins, Buffalo Tracks; Pair, Mens
Object Name Moccasin
Description Adult moccasins made of leather with hard sole and decorated with glass beads. The leather is cut in a straight inside line to toe with a straight cut stand-up cuff. Leather thong laces wrap around the ankle through slits in the skin. An elongated trapezoidal tongue is cut from a separate piece of leather. The moccasins are decorated with glass beads in colors of dark blue, light blue, light green, yellow, red white hearts, and white. Two V-shaped areas of beads with a longitudinal dividing stripe named for their resemblance to buffalo tracks are on the instep. The dividing stripe between the V shaped area contains multicolored stripes. The base of the moccasin has a band of light blue beads that have stepped pyramid and rectangular shapes on it. The beads are attached with sinew in a lazy stitch.
Date 1891
Year Range from 1891
Year Range to 1891
Culture North American Indian/Sioux
Material buckskin; glass beads; sinew
Used USA: Nebraska (Sheridan), Gordon
Height (in) 3.375
Length (in) 10.25
Width (in) 3.5
People Towle, Charles L.
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Other Name Moccasin, Men's
Event Wounded Knee?
History According to the donor's family history, collected by Charles L. Towle. Charles supposedly participated in Wounded Knee according to family history. Towle was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. 1891 lists show that he was a First Lieutenant in Company K, Second Infantry. Although the Nebraska National Guard was not involved at Wounded Knee, they were mobilized afterward and stationed in northwest Nebraska. Company K was stationed at Gordon, Nebraska.
Credit line Mrs. Roy V. Anderson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Collection Anderson, Mrs. Roy V.