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Catalog Number 106-(1-2)
Title Moccasins; Leather; Beaded; Sioux, Checkerboards
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 cuff. Leather thong laces wrap around the ankle through slits in the skin. The tongues for each moccasin are made of a separate piece of leather (both are irregular triangular shaped) are attached to the insteps with sinew. The moccasins are decorated with glass beads in colors of light blue, dark blue, green, yellow and white heart red. The design is a stepped "trails" pattern and features small squares of yellow, red and dark blue beads formed in a triangle shape. 7 beaded shapes are arranged around the lower edge of the moccasin. The designs are double H shapes and geometric shapes that incorporate pairs of triangles, lines and squares. The insoles are painted parfleche. The beadwork is attached to the moccasins using lazy stitch and sinew.
Year Range to 1901
Culture Sioux/North American Indian
Material Leather; Glass Beads; Sinew
Height (in) 3.75
Length (in) 9.875
Width (in) 3.625
People Coffin, Joseph Russel "Pawnee Joe," 1858-1914
History According to the 1901 Coffin Collection catalog these are Pawnee. Part of the Joseph R. Coffin Collection. Coffin was born in New York in 1858. In 1865 he moved with his parents to Iowa where they resided until 1869. They then moved to Nebraska where his father was appointed a farmer at the Genoa agency. Joseph resided in Genoa for the rest of his life. He died in 1914.
Credit line Loaned by J.R. Coffin, Genoa (Nance), Nebraska
Collection Coffin, J.R.