The Native American Moccasin - The Sole Truth

The Native American Moccasin...

very easy on the feet (thank you)...
very light, but durable...
range from slippers to mukluks - WOW...
easy to purchase, or to find moccasin patterns for Native American mocs...
if you collect, a VERY good investment!!!

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The Native American Moccasin...Because Indians were somewhat nomadic, leather shoes with strong soles and durable enough to withstand the elements were needed-the moccasin filled that need.

Info Snippet: Did you know... The only universal article of Native American clothing is the moccasin.

Their designs may include beadwork, quillwork, painted designs, jewels, color, stitching, etc. And, of course, different tribal groups have their own style and various colors such as black, brown, white, tan, etc. In colder areas, rabbit fur was used as lining. The Inuit (Eskimos) fashioned heavier-duty boots called mukluks made of sealskin fur and reindeer hide.

Info Snippet: Did you know... The word "moccasin" comes from an Algonquian word (also spelled mocasin, mocassin, moccassin, or mocussin, depending on the language and transcriber), because they were the first Indians encountered by Europeans.

NativeTech's Map of North American with Native American Varieties of Moccasins is a wonderful rendition identified by tribe and geographic region.

Other Examples:

The Plains Indian "Basic"

This Native American moccasin was a basic to the Plains Indian and each Plains tribe had unique variations in shape and style. Some differences were the shape of the tongue and sole, fringe and decoration. The most common adornment was done with seed beads, porcupine quills and metal coins.

The Plains Indian "Hightop"

These Native American moccasins were traditional to the plains, woodland and marsh Indians of the United States and Canada. They were highly decorated for special occasions but were worn plain for everyday wear. Again, the most common adornment was done with seed beads, porcupine quills and metal coins.

and Now...

The Native American moccasin has passed into mainstream America. These hard-sole and soft-sole shoes are worn by people of all ages. Although there are traditional Native American moccasins for ceremonies, weddings, and powwows, modern moccasins worn by non-Indians are primarily reserved for casual wear.

Info Snippet: Did you know... Besides inventing lacrosse, snowshoes, birch-bark canoes, kayaks, tipis and the toboggan, Native Americans invented MOCCASINS!

In addition to retail buying, you can also design and craft your own. There are alot of resources that give information on the design, materials and stitching of Indian moccasins. If you really want to design your own, you can purchase a moccasin making kit. Kits include all necessary materials, plus instructions.

Crazy Crow Trading Post has an entire page devoted to How To Make Indian Moccasins.

Examples of 1870's Moccasin Sales:
Chippewa Moccasins, c.1870
native tanned hide with velvet and beads...$4,000
Plains Cree Moccasins, c.1870
native tanned hide, sinew sewn and beaded...$8,500
Gros Ventre Moccasins, c.1875
native tanned hide, sinew sewn and beaded...$9,500

If these Native American items are something you're interest in for collecting or either buying for yourself or giving as an Indian gift, become familiar with it. Visit museums to study the various types and styles, materials, tribal affiliations and designs. Antique shows may also a good venue - go through the booths of vendors selling these items. If they are passionate about what they have for sale, they will answer your questions. And, of course, inter-tribal powwows are excellent venues to look and ask.

You can also go The Indian Arts and Crafts Association for a listing of registered and certified Native American Artisans.

Above all, anything being marketed as "Native American Indian made" must legally be just that. The spirit of the law is that any artwork or craft fashioned by a Native American, the artisan must be a member of an Indian Tribe, and their membership has been verified and certified.

These Native American artisans are practicing their designing and manufacturing perhaps as a livelihood. And, through their activities, they are keeping their culture, history and spirituality alive.

Native American Arts has free e-books covering the subjects of Collecting and Fraudulence that are excellent!

Please check back often as I add Native American Indian designed and manufactured items!

Let me know if you are interested in contacting a designer or Native American Co-Op selling Native American Indian items. Use my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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