The Northwest

Inhabitants of the temperate Northwest coastal climate required little protection for their feet. Most Natives went barefoot all the time with the exception of the northernmost dwellers.

The Tlingit, while hunting small inland game, wore soft-soled moccasins which they adopted from their inland subarctic neighbours. Although moccasins were not a part of Tlingit tradition, they decorated them with their own totemic designs.

For conservation reasons, and in order to show more variety over time, only a selection of footwear from the permanent collection is displayed in our exhibitions at any one time. This means there's always something new to see.

image of North American Indian footwear from  the Northwest region