beaver hide trim around ankle; U-shaped section on top of foot decorated with multicolored bands of porcupine quills; blue wool band beneath beaver hide

Moccasins, 20th century

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Clothing was the principal medium for artistic expression amongst the Dene of Canada's Northwest Territories. Primarily made of moosehide and beaver fur adorned with quills, shells, and beads, highly ornamented ceremonial clothes and shoes were important status symbols. Moccasins like these would have shown the wealth and prestige of their wearer. They were made by Sarah Hardisty, a Dene woman who is a master of the disappearing art of quillworking. She utilized a complex double-quilled technique to create the intricate multi-colored vamp decoration.

Details
Title
Moccasins
Artist Life
1924 - 2014
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.13a,b
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beaver hide trim around ankle; U-shaped section on top of foot decorated with multicolored bands of porcupine quills; blue wool band beneath beaver hide