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Catalog Number 105-(1-2)
Title Mocassins, Cheyenne; Worn by Peta-LA-Sharo
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 split back and slanted cuff. The tongue is a separate piece. The moccasins are decorated with glass beads in colors of blue, white, red white hearts, light blue, orange, and teal. Bead rows are placed up the back of the ankle, around the ankle below the cuff, and across the instep. Two V-shaped areas of beads attached in a checkerboard design with a longitudinal dividing stripe are on the instep. Six beaded "bow" design units, two on each side, one on the toe, and one on the instep. The moccasins were said to have been worn by the chief of the Peta-LA-Sharo just before his death. The beads are attached with sinew in a lazy stitch.
Year Range to 1901
Culture North American Indian/Cheyenne
Material leather, glass beads, sinew
Height (in) 4.125
Length (in) 11
Width (in) 3.875
People Coffin, Joseph Russel "Pawnee Joe," 1858-1914
History According to the 1901 catalog, these were worn by the chief of the [?] Peta-la-sarh "one week before he died knowing that his days were numbered he called me into his lodge and had his last conversation with the boy chief and before departing from the lodge he told his squaw (or wife) that after his death she was to take the Indian money out of his ears and the moccasins he had on at that time and given them to me, which she did."

Collected by Joseph R. Coffin, who 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.