M5371.0-1 | Moccasin

Anonyme - Anonymous
Northern Plains
Aboriginal: Nehiyaw
1890-1925, 19th century or 20th century
Tanned and smoked hide, canvas, glass beads, cotton thread
18.2 x 10.2 x 34 cm
Gift of Miss Mabel Molson
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

These moccasins, crafted around 1900 in what is now Alberta by a Blackfoot artisan, are made of buckskin, and elaborately decorated with glass beads. The beautiful geometric design was traditional, and the glass beads show how readily First Nations artisans adapted European technology to indigenous uses.

  • What

    This pair of decorated moccasins was made by a member of the Blackfoot First Nation.

  • Where

    The moccasins were made in what is now southern Alberta.

  • When

    The date of manufacture is somewhere around 1900.

  • Who

    The moccasins were collected by Harry H. Baines, a businessman in High River, Alberta.