This pair of beaded buckskin moccasins uses an abstract design of brown, sky blue, green, and magenta opaque seed beads on opaque white seed bead background. It was created by the HoChunk between 1930 and 1950 and can be found in the online moccasin collection.
About the Moccasin Tour
Content of the Tour
This tour features more than 150 pairs of moccasins from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Although the Museum currently collects only moccasins associated with tribes of the upper Midwest, its collecting scope included most of North America at one time. Thus the online tour features items not only from the Wisconsin area, but also from cultures indigenous to other regions.
The tour contains selected information about the moccasins. The first thing you see is a thumbnail image and a brief description of each artifact. Clicking on the thumbnail results in a zoom image. Clicking on the brief description yields more information, including:
- Catalog number - this is the identification number that the Wisconsin Historical Museum uses to track the object. Please refer to this number in any correspondence with Museum staff.
- AAT object term - this is what the artifact is called according to the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, a vocabulary created by the J. Paul Getty Trust. (In a few instances, local terminology is used.)
- Detailed description - this is a physical description of the object. Information about condition and overall size is not accessible online at this time, although the accompanying photos provide clues.
- Object history - this is contextual information about the object, its maker, its wearer(s), and/or the circumstances surrounding its creation, use, and subsequent acquisition by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
- Dates - these are dates associated with the object's history. Dates may refer to design, manufacture, modification, use, and/or subject.
If you would like more information regarding any of the objects, please contact the Chief Curator. The Historical Society cannot provide information regarding appraisal values and storage locations.