Athletic shoes embellished with a traditional artform

Ho-Chunk Beaded Reebok Baby Shoes

Combing traditional beading with contemporary clothing is one way of asserting and preserving cultural identity while still maintaining mainstream styles.  Ho-Chunk artist Linda Lucero of Black River Falls attached glass beads to this pair of baby shoes. The beading of athletic shoes became popular in the late 20th century, spreading beyond the Native American community.

Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Indians in the 20th Century
Creator: Lucero, Linda
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Museum. (Museum object #1993.102A-B)
Citation: Ho-Chunk Beaded Reebok Baby Shoes. (c1990). Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 7/5/2022