This pair of beaded leather moccasins from what is now Idaho represent the northernmost reach of the Uto-Aztecan languages. The style and craftsmanship are fairly typical of peoples from the Plateau culture area, who lived a nomadic lifestyle and hunted animals like deer and bison. They were likely made by members of either the Bannock nation, a Northern Paiute people, or the Northern Shoshone nation.


Learn more about Uto-Aztecan cultures in episode 7 of Shelf Life: The Language Detectives.

Catalog Number 50/1181 AB ©AMNH