The Southeast

The people of the Southeast led a life similar to that of the Woodland groups, but were not tied to seasonal harvests. Known by the early European settlers as the 'civilized' tribes, these groups adapted quickly to European culture. However, they were expelled from their territory in 1829 and forced to move west to Oklahoma territory. The move devastated the Southeast peoples so much that by the middle of the 19th century their original culture essentially ceased to exist.

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 Southeast region