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ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
SNOWSHOES
THE FOOTED TROUSER
MOCCASINS
MAKING MOCCASINS
DECORATING MOCCASINS
EUROPEAN MATERIALS AND DESIGN FOR MOCCASINS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Two-piece moccasins
Two-piece moccasins
Two-piece diagram
Two-piece diagram
Two-Piece Moccasins

This pair of Cree moccasins comes from the Red River area from about 1820.

Look at these moccasins to appreciate their decoration and to understand the features of the two-piece style.

Two-Piece Construction
Two-piece moccasins have an apron inserted at the top of the foot.

Decoration
Quill work was woven separately on a loom and then applied to each apron and suspended from the collars.
Geometric patterns form triangles, stars, chevrons, and thunderbirds.
Three bands of bird quill piping decorate the joint between the apron and bottom pieces.

Skin Treatment
Smoked moose hide.

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