19th Century Woman’s Crow Moccasins

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These 19th century Crow moccasins are superbly handcrafted, made of supple leather from deer hide. The toes of these moccasins are expertly decorated with intricate beadwork of deep greens, reds and blues, all clearly outlined in white. A single piece of hardened leather makes up the sole, with another piece stitched upon the top to form the rest of the shoe. The moccasins are vamped, and two leather laces come from the high-backed heel to allow a tightly tied band about the ankle. These moccasins would be an essential part of any collection, existing as an easily admirable piece emphasizing the superb craftsmanship of the Crow tribe.

Historically, the Crow inhabited the region known as the Yellowstone River Valley, extending from modern day Wyoming and up through Montana into North Dakota. Named in their own tongue as the Apsáalooke, meaning “children of the large beaked bird” the Crow were known to live nomadically, chasing after herds of Bison along the Yellowstone River Valley. In later times the Crow became rather infamous for their expertise in forming vicious raiding parties, eventually developing a certain habit of acquiring horses from ill-protected travelers. The Crow ruled the Yellowstone River Valley until the tribe was eventually restricted to reservations in Montana, inhibiting their traditionally nomadic lifestyle.

Moccasins like these were in no way unique to the Crow Tribe, instead, this form of footwear would have been the most common variety across the numerous native people of North America. The widespread use of moccasins hardly depletes their value, rather, the prevalence of moccasins makes them a quickly recognizable artifact of the great tribes.

Item #: 0004-A