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Blackfoot Moccasins

March 21, 2020

Still looking for a little help – Thanks!

allenrizzi

For many years I have been in possession of a pair of moccasins that were given to my grandfather as a 5-year-old child in Anaconda, Montana. They were made by a nearby Blackfoot Indian tribe in 1899. The story is detailed in my book, The Horse Whisperers from Anaconda.

I have recently been researching the design on these moccasins and their meaning. I would also like to know their exact origin. The moccasins are ankle high, made of deer leather and crafted for a five-year old. There are what appear to be inter-joined flowers in blue, yellow and green used in the beaded design. The tongue is scalloped as is the overlap that hides the laces. The likely location of the tribe that made these is somewhere between Missoula and Butte, Montana. The most likely the location is Deer Lodge, Montana. Recently an expert in moccasins suggested that they…

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  1. Timothy Price permalink

    I don’t know anything about moccasins, but they are really great.

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    • Thanks! I’m still trying to nail-down the exact details. I may have to take a trip out west.

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      • Timothy Price permalink

        After all the locking down, a trip out west might be just what you need when people can travel again. My wife and I got papers accepted into the International Conference on Construction Grammar, which is in Antwerp, Belgium in August. I hope the travel restrictions are lifted by then.

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      • Likewise, we would like to return to our home in Italy but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. As we say, “Speriamo in bene!”

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  2. Allen, fantastic… and what a coincidence. My great grandparents also had a pair of moccasins (plus a beaded necklace and small child’s teepee) made by the Blackfoot Indians. Same timeframe, Butte, Montana. They’re still in the family.

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