NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN Cheyenne or Ponca made young boy's beaded American flag moccasins featuring large crossed flags on each side with the veteran's shield and the american eagle with a veteran's shield "heart" on each toe. The bead work is sewn in lazy stitch technique in a combination of sinew and synthetic thread on tan commercial leather with smooth side out. The soles are rawhide with a welt between the soles and upper moccasin. Small pieces of steer hide are still on the soles. The bead colors are opaque red, white and blue. The moccasins have the beads turned side ways across the back seam which is a characteristic of Cheyenne moccasins. However, during this time period, there was a Ponca man that was making most of the beaded moccasins for North East Oklahoma Natives.
PERSONAL NOTE: We received the moccasins from a Pawnee family in the early 1980's. The Pawnee tribe is well known for their Veteran honoring dances and ceremonies. This pair was possibly made for a younger family member who was honoring a military family member or as they say "Veteran Returning Home" or possibly for a 4th of July celebration where veterans are greatly honored. In native culture, family members are allowed to wear items that show respect for their family members that served in the military.
CONDITION: Good and very showy! Tops have some soiling and white beads show some light discoloring due to age. They have been worn and soles show dirt and wear, I have wiped and cleaned, but am afraid to scrape. Each side of the tongues on each foot there is a slight split in the leather from wear, foot swelling and the young man getting older.
SIZE: LENGTH: 9 1/4" WIDTH: 3 1/2"
CIRCA: Late 1970's into early 1980's, possibly a little older.
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