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Moccasins are soft, comfortable leather shoes adapted to the climate. The leather is mostly sourced from caribou, deer, and moose. Moccasins are often adorned with traditional plant and animal motifs or spiritual symbols. Decorations are made with porcupine needles, beads of various materials, fringes, or pigments.

Moccasins are generally crafted in a single piece, sewn at the back of the heel. There are variations, however, such as sewing a piece of leather over the toes or adding a lining.


Date: between the 18th and the 19th centuries

Origin: Montreal

Owner: Vieux moulin—Hydromellerie et miellerie. “Musée de la Neufve-France” private collection. Sainte-Flavie.


Gadacz, R. R. (2006, February 7). Moccasin. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/fr/article/mocassins

Illustration: Moccasin