The Plains

Vast grasslands with roaming herds of buffalo were home to the Natives of the Plains. Buffalo hides were used for teepees and clothing, including the hard-soled shoes that the Plains cultures adapted for their use during the 19th century.

The horse enabled these Native groups to hunt more effectively and, in turn, allowed more leisure time for practicing decorative arts and performing rituals.

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 Plains Indian footwear