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Catalog Number 10257-1-(1-2)
Title Mocassins; Leather; Beaded; Buffalo Track
Object Name Moccasin
Description Young 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 cuff with red cotton binding that has a small black floral design printed on it. The binding is attached with thick black thread. Leather thong laces wrap around the ankle through slits in the skin. An elongated rectangular tongue is attached to the moccasin. The moccasins are decorated with glass beads in colors of dark blue, white heart red; clear green; clear pink; white and bronze faceted metal beads. Two V-shaped areas of dark blue beads are placed on the top of the moccasin, with a thick white longitudinal dividing stripe. The white stripe has two zig zag stripes and two sideways H shapes. A band of beadwork circumferences the base of the moccasin and has green and red triangles and cross shapes. The beads are attached with sinew in a lazy stitch.
Year Range to 1869
Culture North American Indian
Material Leather; Glass Beads; Sinew; Calico; Thread
Height (in) 2.5
Length (in) 8.125
Width (in) 3.625
People Smejkal, ?
History Story in donor file: Moccasins belonged to donor's great-grandfather Smejkal who came from Czechoslovakia to Schuyler to join cousins after a plague killed off his family. He was kicked off a train because his money had been stolen and survived off orange and banana peels thrown from it until an Indian woman found him and gave him mush and water and these moccasins and directed him to Schuyler. Supposedly happened in eastern Nebraska in the early 1860s.
Credit line Joanna Workman, N/R, N/R
Collection Workman, Joanna