The traditional Native American footwear looks breathtaking – colorful, ornate, and dramatic. For the most part, it’s made from leather and decorated with beading, embroidery, quillwork, and other folk craft techniques. Such shoes, called “moccasins”, are so very comfy. They look a bit unusual for a modern eye but charming and are perfect for walking and creeping (which is important for hunting). Here are 4 lovely vintage pairs of moccasins from Canadian Native American tribes. Their design is very similar but each looks unique and is embellished exceptionally.
The illustrations are from The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, US)
Native American moccasins of Seneca tribe, Canada, around 1830. They’re made from native-tanned skin, quill, silk ribbon, and glass beads
Native American moccasins of Huron tribe, Canada, 1790-1815. They’re made from native-tanned and dyed skin, silk ribbon, quill, deer and moose hair, and tiny metal tube fringe. The floral embroidery motif is striking and very skillfully made
Native American moccasins of Wyandot or Shawnee tribes, Canada, 1810-1815. They’re made from native-tanned skin, sinew, silk applique, and glass beads
Native American moccasins of Huron tribe, Canada, around 1850. They’re made from native-tanned skin, woolen fabric, cotton lining, silk ribbon, and glass seed beads. The floral pattern of beadwork is beautiful