Footwear has been around for as long as people have walked in cold, hot, abrasive, and any other types of challenging environments.  The museum holds a large collection of footwear from around the world.  The examples below were chosen from the Plains collection of footwear. 

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Moccasins
A67: 2:1A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Winnebago. Hide with rectangular top flap with colorful triangle beaded pattern

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Moccasins
Catalogue #1-1021A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Sioux. Hide with multicolor beading. Blue, white, and red geometric beading on vamp. White, green, and red beading over toe, along sides, and across heel. Line of blue beading at base of cuff. Cuff edges bound with red cloth. Added forked hide tongue has yellow, white, green, and blue beading on one side. Attached to one tongue fork are two metal cones with orange feathers. Hide thong tie closure threaded through holes cut in cuff corners and tongue.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #1-1025A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Northern Plains. Hide body. Vamp, toe, heel, and sides decorated with a beaded white background and red, green, yellow, and blue geometric designs. The sole of the moccasin is beaded with green oval in middle and blue, white, red, and green triangles around the edge. Added hide tongue.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #1-1026A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Plains. Hide with multicolor geometric beading. Green, white, blue, red, and gold geometric beading on vamp. White, red, blue, gold, and green geometric beading along sides and around heel. Added triangular hide tongue with blue and white geometric beading, white picot bead edging, and two white cones with purple feathers attached at the end. Cuff edge bound with red and brown striped cloth. Hide thong tie closure threaded through holes cut in front of cuff. Added hard hide sole with several patches of fur.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #1-1078B – Moccasin. Cultural association: Dakota. Fragment, hide with beaded geometric design. Beaded cross with red, black, and green designs on white background. Trim beaded in alternating small blue squares and green, yellow, and orange triangle design.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #1-1082A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Plains. Hide upper decorated with red, pink, and green floral quillwork. Quillwork around back of ankle with short quill-wrapped fringe. Red cloth trim with dashes of blue beads. Interior lined with tan cloth, small piece of yellow cloth inside cuff. Hard sole.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #A79:4:34A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Hidatsa. Hide body, white and black glass bead strip around outside edge, white, green and pink bead strip down back. Top has glass beading of white, blue, and green lines that edge sections of red, orange, and white porcupine quillwork. Patterned red cloth trim around top edge of cuff.

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Moccasins
Catalogue #A2002:4:7A – Moccasin. Cultural Association: Crow. Hide with pink, green, blue, and yellow geometric beadwork on vamp and blue, white, red, and green geometric beadwork along outside side. Added hide cuff, soft hide sole, and triangular hide tongue. Hide thong tie closure threaded through holes cut in cuff corners.
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