Moccasins in the context of the Primary Documents
This small book explores the use of this most basic footwear by Native Americans and European settlers; their styles, manufacture, advantages, drawbacks, and decoration. Primary sources of documentation such as journals, accounts and inventories were used, along with well-documented secondary sources. Many of the drawings in this book are of the original artifacts examined by the author at various museums and collections. A number of museums, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Museum of History and Science in Kansas City, MO; the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, NE; the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK; the American Anthropological Society in Arlington, VA; Fort Ligonier Museum in Ligonier, PA; and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE, provided provenance and other information.
Original documents were scoured to find mention of moccasins, which appeared to be popular with men and women, Native Americans, and settlers alike. Here you will read accounts by the Reverends John Heckwelder and Joseph Doddridge; travelers such as Nicolas de Finiels, Jonathan Carver, and Estwick Evans; captive accounts such as John Williams' capture at Deerfield--all these and many more provide insight into this most basic of footwear.
A brief guide on creating simple center-seam moccasins is included.
Examine excerpts from this book
Softcover; 2nd Printing
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