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Object description

  • Athapaskan artist
  • Pair of toy boots, before 1919
  • Leather, cotton, glass
  • Alaska, United States
  • H: 4 1/4 in, W: 7/8 in, D: 2 1/4 in (H: 10.8 cm, W: 2.2 cm, D: 5.7 cm)
  • Gift of Arthur W. Whitcher, 1918
  • E17784


This is a pair of toy doll boots. The boots are knee length and have smooth hide soles. A darker, rough leather was used to form the upper legs. The top openings are edged with two horizontal bands of cloth. The lower band is a light orange fabric decorated with a row of glass beads along the top and bottom. The beads are grouped together in three's, alternating between sets of pink and blue, gray and white, and blue and white. The top band, lining the opening, is edged with a beige fabric decorated with thick vertical blue stripes and thinner orange stripes. The boots are tied together with strips of leather attached at the bottom edge.