Artifacts

Green Bead Detail Moccasins
ITEM: NMEMG 18_1933
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Native American Moccasins were traditionally used as footwear to protect hunters and agricultural workers’ feet from the severe winter conditions throughout North America, so that they could contue to provide for their tribe. The decoration applied to moccasins helps to understand their specific purpose. Moccasins that were adorned with beads all over were a spiritual rather than a practical object. This is because the... read more

Snowshoes
ITEM: 757
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Snowshoes, made from spruce, birch/willow frames, with rims, crossbars and webbing. Used by both Arctic and Subarctic peoples the snowshoes were essential for hunting and travelling during the winter. The shape of the frame indicates the specific usage, and this shape is considered to be related to the Ojibwe or the Cree. The shoes were likely to be used when... read more

Tobacco Bag
ITEM: NMEMG 009
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Used to hold tobacco pipes when travelling. —- The beadwork on this pipe bag was made by the Plains Ojibwa aka Saulteaux (Bunji, Soto) and in the USA  this group is known as the Chippwewa. Information with thanks to Frank Kodras