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19th Century Sioux Beaded Moccasins

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Sioux fully beaded moccasins. Red, yellow and blue on white background. Soft soled brain tanned hide. PERIOD: Late 19th Century ORIGIN: Great Plains - Sioux, Native American SIZE: 10"L Originally crafted out of practical necessity to protect the feet from harsh terrains and climates, this early footwear was created from the materials readily available, mainly animal hide and natural decoration. Although "moccasin" has come to be a widely used term for the form, regardless of tribe or creator, the term originated from the Algonquian Tribe’s language and each tribe has their own word, in their own language, for them. Today, moccasins are a big part of a dancer’s regalia for Powwow. Design: Different styles and designs of everyday moccasins are inspired by, and created in relation to, the environment(s) that a particular tribe experiences. For example, tribes from the Woodland areas, including the North Eastern part of the US and into Canada (like the Ojibwa tribe), can be identified by their soft-soled moccasins and their use of floral elements located on the top, or vamp, and/or cuffs of the moccasin. In contrast, Plains tribes' (like Crow and Sioux) moccasins are known to have the top, or vamp (usually excluding cuffs), entirely covered in glass beads or porcupine quills, and made with hard soles that withstand rough terrain. This hard-sole style, however, only dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Moccasin Assembly: Moccasins are commonly made using hides of different animals; the larger the animal, the thicker and more sturdy the hide. In order to create a polished look, the moccasin is sewn inside out, historically using sinew (pronounced sin-yoo; tendon or ligament) as thread. The sinew is threaded through holes punched by an awl (pronounced all, a pointed tool meant to create holes in leather). The pattern for the moccasin varies according to tribe, region, and stylistic preference. Sometimes, the creator uses recycled hide from other items in the construction of the moccasins. For example, some soles are cut from old painted parfleches made from strong and durable hide. In order to cover a large area with beads, the lane stitch is used; this process has an initial stitch into the surface, then about 8-10 beads are strung onto the string to create a row, and then is completed by a second stitch into the surface. This approach is best for geometric designs. Native American Beadwork, Moccasins, Native Garments, Beadwork, Collectibles. Family Owned & Operated Cisco’s Gallery deals in the rare, exceptional, and one-of-a-kind pieces that define the history of America and the Old West. Our pieces range from American Indian to Cowboy Western and include original items of everyday life, commerce, art, and warfare that tamed America’s frontier. Our 14,000 square foot gallery opened in 1996 in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Personal Service Cisco’s operates on old fashioned values – honesty and integrity, and all of our items are backed by our money back guarantee. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Whether you desire assistance with a jewelry purchase, choosing a gift, identification, or even selling – we hope to be your trusted source.

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