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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Blackfoot Artist

Moccasins, n.d.
Leather and beads
6 1/8 x 3 x 9 3/8 in. (15.56 x 7.62 x 23.81 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1513a,b
Soft buckskin moccasins. Completely beaded uppers: blue and green striped bands on light blue background. Cloth appliqué under flaps.

glass beads and leather

Most examples of Blackfoot beadwork contain no more than three colors and express the Blackfoot fondness for blue, which was not an easily available indigenous pigment. For the Blackfoot, blue referred to the sky and symbolized the regenerative power of the cosmos. After about 1850, Blackfoot beadwork grew finer and more colorful, as a greater range of colored beads in small sizes became available. Color preferences tended toward light backgrounds with medium-value figures edged in darker colors. Light blue was a common substitute for the white backgrounds popular among other Plains beadworkers.

Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 22 illustrated/color.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 6 1/8 x 3 x 9 3/8 in. (15.56 x 7.62 x 23.81 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Overall Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 9 9/16 in. (15.24 x 7.62 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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  • Nuance of Sky. Nuance of Sky Pomona College Museum of Art. Claremont, 2013
    Page Number: 22

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