These Iroquois moccasins were made for a child in the mid-19th century. Before beads were available in North America, the Kanien’kehá:ka decorated their moccasins with porcupine quills dipped in vegetable dyes. When beads appeared with the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, it did not take the Iroquois long to incorporate them into their spiritual and decorative traditions.
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