Pacific Northwest Native American Indian Beaded Moccasins Circa 1930


American, Circa 1930's c.

10 1/2"
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Pair of Native American Indian adult sized moccasins, likely from the Pacific northwest tribe, the Makah Indians, who inhabited the Olympic peninsula. They lived in a colder climate and were noted for whaling. This accounts for their use of fur which lines the upper section of the moccasin; probably fox tail. These were worn and used, and judging by their style, they are circa 1930’s. They are made of soft deerskin, with a strip of purple dyed and tanned suede which binds the upper back section. The entire front top toe section is beautifully decorated with multicolored beads of pink, red, yellow green and white, designed in a floral motif. (see images). Highly decorated beaded items were often used for ceremonial events. Sinew white leather is used as shoelace to tighten the moccasins.
They are in very good original condition and measure 10 1/2″ long x 4″ wide x 4″ high.
Purchased in the state of Washington.