Moccasins & Southwest

Moccasins in the Southwest

May 11, 2013 – February 14, 2014
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Anthropology Hall

To Feel the Earth MOCCASINS IN THE SOUTHWESTCurated by
Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Ph.D.    
Director Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)
produced in collaboration with
Native American artists specializing in
contemporary moccasin making
Kendall Tallmadge
CU Anthropology Graduate Student

This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the Anne Ray Charitable Trust and was developed by the School for Advanced Research (SAR), Santa Fe, NM.  

Prior to European contact, indigenous peoples in the Southwest wore sandals, with some examples dating from over a thousand years ago. While archaeological records do not indicate exactly when moccasins were introduced, they are considered one of the oldest forms of human footwear and continue to be made and worn today.

moccasins with glass beadsThis exhibition showcases the art and history of moccasin making among various tribes in the American Southwest and their importance within Native American communities.

We hope you will visit SAR's traveling exhibition which includes moccasins selected from the museum's own collection.