March 26th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 26th, 2014
For sale is a wonderful pair of beaded Sioux (Lakota) moccasins, first half of the 20th Century, from
the Zehner Collection. Uppers made of native tanned hide, rawhide soles. Hide is in a very good condition.
Beadwork is lane stitched and sinew sewn in traditional designs. Bead colors are white, medium blue, dark
blue, tomato red, some bright-red-white-heart and pea green. Metal danglers with red chicken feathers.
Size of the moccasins is circa 9″ x 4″. Minor bead loss at heels. Overall very good condition.
Collected by Dr. Luther R. and Frances T. Zehner at the Standing Rock Reservation in 1949/1950.
Dr. Zehner started working in 1949 as a physician in the reservation hospital at Standing Rock Reservation
near Fort Yates, ND, while Mrs. Zehner was a teacher in the Standing Rock reservation school. Dr. and Mrs.
Zehner learned to speak Lakota and forged deep friendships with several tribal elders and in July of 1950,
the Zehners were adopted into the Lakota tribe. Through their many friendships on Standing Rock Reservation
they were able to acquire a wonderful collection of Lakota artifacts, collected mainly in 1949 and 1950.
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