M1078.9-10 | Moccasin

 
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Moccasin
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois
1900-1915, 20th century
Tanned and smoked hide, cotton cloth, velvet, glass beads, cotton tape, wool tape, paper, cardboard, metal sequins, cotton thread
8.5 x 8.2 x 23 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M1078.9-10
© McCord Museum
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Beginning in the mid-19th century, the Iroquois, especially the Mohawk and Tuscarora Nations, produced a wide range of beadwork objects to sell at popular vacation spots. Beadworkers would set up stands at Kahnawake and Niagara Falls, where tourists could purchase the beautiful beadwork creations as souvenirs of their travels. These beaded moccasins, dating to the early 20th century, are good examples of beadwork that may have been made either for Native use or for sale to tourists. Today, beadwork continues to be an important form of cultural expression among the Iroquois people.