Image from page 49 of "North American Indians of the Plains" (1920)
Authors: Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947
Subjects: Indians of North America
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
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h, f projecting. The strips c and d are each, halfthe width of that marked h, consequently the side seam at the heel ishalf way between the top of the moccasin and the sole, but reaches thelevel at the toes. As the sides of this moccasin are not high enough forthe wearers comfort, an extension or ankle flap is sewed on. varyingfrom two to six inches in width, cut long enough to overlap in front andheld in place by means of the usual drawstring or lacing around theankle. Everywhere, we find no differences between therobes of men and women except in their decorations.The buffalo robes were usually the entire skins with the 11 INDIANS OF THE PLAINS tail. Among mosl tribes, this robe was worn horizon-tally with the tail on the righl hand side. Light,dur-able, and gaily colored blanket- were later introducedby traders and are even now in general use. Moccasins were worn by all. the sandals of theSouthwest and Mexico not being credited to these[ndians. The two general structural type- of mo
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Fiji. 11. Two-piece Moccasin Pattern. This type prevails in the Plains. The solo are of stiff rawhide. They conform generally to theoutlines of the foot. The uppers art cut as shown in the patternsthough sometimes the tongue is separate. An ankle flap is added. sins in North America are the one-piece, or soft-soledmoccasin, and the two-piece, or hard-soled. Thelatter prevails among these Indians, while the formeris general among forest Indians. A Blackfoot moccasinof a simple two-piece pattern i- shown in Fig. 11.The upper is made of soft tanned -kin and after finish- m \ M i;i \i. i i LTUHE 15 ing ami decorating is sewed to a rawhide sole cutto tit the fool of the wearer. A top, or vamp,may be added. The pattern for a Blackfoot one-piere moccasin isshown in Fig. 10. Our collections show that thistype occurs occasionally among the Sarsi, Blackfoot,Plains-Cree, Assiniboin, Gros Ventre, Northern Sho-shonij Omaha. Pawnee, and Eastern Dakota. So far,it has not been reported for any of the
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