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Moccasins: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2010-06-23

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The moccasins in this grouping were created on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation located in north central Montana. The A'aninin (Gros Ventre) and the Nakoda (Assiniboine) tribes have lived there since 1889. Over time, their tribal art styles have merged to form a new style, known as the Fort Belknap style. There are several characteristics found in Fort Belknap moccasins. The beads are usually applied to the moccasin through a technique called spot stitch; where several beads are on a single strand and a second thread is used to stitch the beaded thread down every few beads. When this technique is used, the beaded surfaced appears smooth and tight. Another characteristic of Fort Belknap moccasins is the use of strong bold colors that visually enhances the beadwork pattern. Frequently used designs were the chevron and abstracted feather.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: July 9, 2010