Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West

Aug 27, 2017 through Sep 3, 2018

Footwear is evocative. It tells us about belonging, love, and social aspiration, reflecting the lives of makers and wearers and offering a window into the past and the present.

This exhibition features sandals that date back thousands of years found in the dry caves of New Mexico and nearby regions; includes Plains and Southwest moccasins, many beautifully beaded or quilled, and exhibited for the first time in decades; and concludes with examples of contemporary high fashion footwear made artists like Teri Greeves, Lisa Telford, and Emil Her Many Horses.

Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on August 27, 2017, and will be on display until September 3, 2018.

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Beaded-sole moccasins

Man’s moccasins, Southern Cheyenne

Man’s moccasins, Mescalero Apache

Basketmaker II sandal

Woman’s moccasins, Shoshone-Bannock

Woman’s moccasins, Comanche

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