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Kid's Mocassins
Moccasins
Navajo, ca. 1650-1750
San Juan drainage, New Mexico
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mike W. Kelly
37129/11
Navajo and Apache people express their hunting and gathering heritage in their clothing, and especially in their leather moccasins. The ancestors of the Pueblo people of the Southwest preferred sandals woven from yucca and other fibers. These child's moccasins, worn now through the sole, were found in a cache in a cliff-face in the Gobernador. Spanish documents tell of the Navajo wearing moccasins, buckskin shirts and leggings trimmed with metal buttons for the men, and fine woven mantas, or sleeveless dresses for the women. Men, women, and children wore pendants of shell, coral, and glass beads.

striped blanket
manta
Blanket and manta
Navajo, ca. 1750-1800
Cañon de Chelly, Arizona
Morris excavations, Cañon de Chelly, ca. 1925
9150/12, 8151/12
Photographs by Blair Clark, Museum of New Mexico
By the late 1600s or early 1700s, Navajo weavers had begun to create blankets, dresses, and other clothes from the wool of their churro sheep. Better grazing for the sheep may have led the Navajo to move south and west of the Dinétah to areas such as Cañon de Chelly and Chinle. The striped shoulder blanket and diamond weave manta, or women's dress half, show the excellence of the weaver's craft at this early date. Both pieces have natural colored wools as well as indigo-dyed yarns.
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