Plateau and Basin

Inaccessible mountains and arid plateaus forced the Natives of the Plateau and Basin to travel seasonally in search of food. Their nomadic life brought them into contact and conflict with Native groups from the Southwest, Plains and Subarctic.

The decorative techniques vary throughout the region and often reflect the designs commonly made by their neighbours. Unique to many of these Native groups is a moccasin consisting of one piece of hide.

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 Native footwear from the Plateau and Basin region of North America